Artist Calvin Nicholls has crafted ordinary paper into a variety of incredible sculptures using standard engraving tools.
He found inspiration for paper art in a diversity of wildlife and used his honing skills to reproduce feathers and fins with superb precision. Nicholls Share with My Modern Met: “They all symbolize their own unique challenges and rewards while presenting paper’s abilities as a medium. I was struck by the hidden properties of a simple sheet of paper as we explored the grain direction, the structural limit, the scoring and folding in the art school lab. ”
Since then, the artist has devoted herself to turning paper into highly detailed sculptures that look like anything but material. To create this illusion, Nicholls Pay great attention to how the light will interact with the paper. He explained: “Starting by carefully dissecting the planes in the object, the patterns are drawn and built to create the basic form. While working under dedicated lighting, attention is focused on how light shines through surfaces that drift from highlights to shadows in subtle transition layers. Surface details are drawn and mapped to preserve flow and accuracy while converting everything from flat drawings to three-dimensional reliefs. ” The paper he uses for his animal artwork typically has different storage qualities, thickness and finishes depending on the embossing technique and the required point.
After creating sculptures on paper for almost 40 years, our portfolio Nicholls includes a variety of sculptures – from large lions to small birds and more. I said, “Large sculptures are six feet long and works as small as several inches are as fun as paper is formed and light is mined.”
You can purchase original sculptures and prints through our website Nicholls and stay up to date on latest projects by following him on Instagram.
Translator: Nam Vu