Paper sculpture-Calvin Nicholls

Calvin Nicholls is a Canadian artist who creates incredibly intricate and realistic paper sculptures. He began his journey with paper sculptures in the mid 80’s and since then has produced more than 500 pieces. Each artwork can take him around four weeks to produce and in some cases have taken up to two years.

His work was submitted into shows for the first time in 1994 with the Society of Animal Artists in New York.


What impresses me the most is how realistic and detailed his sculptures are. I must’ve repeated myself many times already but I have a great admiration for artists who are committed to their work so much that they spend weeks, months or even years creating one piece. Also they demonstrate skills that I need to work on myself. That is great accuracy and patience.


You can see the mind-blowing details in the dog’s eye. You can also see that Nicholl’s precision is just incredible.

It really is amazing how he makes a harsh piece of paper look so soft and delicate.  As we all know paper is a tricky material to work with as it rips and stains easily.He uses very sharp X-Acto knives in order to achieve accuracy. Nicholls also has knowledge on how to arrange his work in a way that light and shadows add more unusual effects.

You can see for yourself how his masterpieces are created.

If you would like to see more of his spectacular work  visit his website, link below.


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