Paper Artworks by Calvin Nicholls

WORDS Mary Garner

Canadian artist Calvin Nicholls has been creating intricately detailed paper sculptures for 34 years. 

Calvin makes use of a haut-relief sculptural technique, whereby a picture is carved to stand out from the surface, creating a striking three-dimensional piece.

Using simple monochromatic shades of white and off-white paper, Calvin creates artworks depicting wildlife, from foxes and birds to bears. Tiny slivers of paper are used to accentuate the details of the fur and feathers.

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