When it comes to paper art, few can compare it to the breathtaking sculptures of Canadian artist Calvin Nicholls. His artwork has been featured in a variety of locations, from galleries to magazines, and his sculptures bring to life a level of detail that is unparalleled. By combining traditional paper-crafting techniques with modern materials and tools, Nicholls creates intricate animal and insect sculptures that are truly a sight to behold.
Calvin Nicholls is an artist from Toronto, Canada, producing incredibly detailed 3D paper art that captures the intricate details of animals’ musculature, fur, and feathers in meticulous cuts and creases. Working primarily in white and neutral-toned paper, Nicholls’ prints are presented on Hot Press Natural archival 300gsm paper using Ultra Chrome K3 inks by Epson and come with a certificate of authenticity. To create his pieces, Nicholls uses nothing more than sheets of paper and a scalpel—a testament to his expertise and skill.
Each print is numbered, signed, and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, making them perfect for art enthusiasts. Nicholls’ work has been featured in galleries and art shows around the world and has earned him numerous awards and accolades.
To begin a sculpture, Nicholls starts with a drawing, then selects the paper he will use to bring the drawing to life. Once the paper has been chosen, he carefully cuts and shapes it to create the desired form. The pieces are then carefully layered and adhered together using archival-quality glue. By using this technique, Nicholls is able to create detailed and lifelike sculptures, like his signature bald eagle.
In addition to his sculptures, Nicholls also produces a wide range of paper art and cutouts. Pieces like his paper butterflies and dragonflies are made using paper, scissors, and glue. The paper is cut, then placed on top of one another in layers to create the desired effect. The results are stunning and incredibly detailed.
To learn more about Calvin Nicholls and his paper sculptures, check out the links below. You can watch videos of his artistic process, see close-ups of his sculptures, and explore his Facebook page for additional content. No matter what type of paper art you’re looking for, Calvin Nicholls is sure to have something that will inspire and delight.