Jack Nichols, A.R.C.A., O.S.A. (1921-2009)

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Face, 1955
pastel rub on paper, 21¼" × 16"

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Jack Nichols, A.R.C.A., O.S.A. (1921-2009) – Artist Biography

Jack Nichols (1921-2009) was a Canadian artist from Montreal.

He worked for a time with Frederick Horsman Varley and Louis Muhlstock. For a few summers during the early 1940s, he worked as a deckhand on cargo boats plying the Great Lakes. In 1943, the National Gallery of Canada commissioned him to depict the activities of the Canadian Merchant Navy and he left on a mission to the Caribbean with Michael Forster.

He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in February 1944 and worked as an official war artist from April 1944 to August 1945. Most of his works depict the landing operations at Normandy and destroyer movements off Brest.

He obtained a Guggenheim fellowship that allowed him to travel and paint in United States in 1947 and 1948. He taught at the Vancouver School of Art in 1948. He won a prize at the Second International Exhibition of Drawing and Engraving in Lugano, Switzerland in 1952. His lithographs were exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1958. He lived in Toronto.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.