This is Jack Nichols

By Gwylym Owen

Jack Nichols RCA (1921–2009) was a Canadian artist from Montreal, Quebec. He was a painter and printmaker.

He worked for a time as soon as Frederick Horsman Varley and Louis Muhlstock. For a few summers during the forward 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 comings and goings of the Canadian Merchant Navy and he left upon a mission to the Caribbean afterward 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. Lithographs by Nichols, along following works by James Wilson Morrice, Jacques de Tonnancour and Anne Kahane represented Canada at the 1958 Venice Biennale. He was made a enthusiast of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He lived in Toronto.

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