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Nicole Collins is an artist whose practice focuses on the effect of time, accumulation, force and heat on visceral materials, primarily through painting but also with installations, interventions, video, sound and multiples. Since 1994 she has shown in 10 solo exhibitions including The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo, and many group exhibitions in Toronto, New York, London, Zurich. Her work has been featured in magazines, newspapers and books including Time Out London, Canadian Art Magazine, Canadian House & Home, numerous reviews in The Globe & Mail, Roald Nasgaard's major survey Abstract Painting in Canada, Carte Blanche, Volume 2: Painting (2008), and The Donovan Collection Catalogue among many others.

In her work Collins exploits the dynamic metaphorical possibilities of paint to communicate the fragility and resilience of life: physical, intellectual and spiritual. Her work has explored accumulation, excavation, deconstruction through carving, scraping, peeling and melting and reconstruction.

In an essay on Collins' work artist and writer Ian Carr-Harris states: "To take apart, to put together, to die and to be free- these are powerful models by which to forge one's insertion into the cycle of existence. And it is this that Nicole Collins is intent on revealing".

Collins is member-at-large on the newly inaugurated association, Colour Research Canada and is an award-winning and influential educator whose courses at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU) regularly generate wait-lists.

She lives and works in Toronto with her husband artist Michael Davidson and their daughter.



Nicole Collins
Website:   www.nicolecollins.com
also see:   www.ccca.ca
Gallery Representation  
    Toronto: General Hardware Contemporary
    Hamilton: b contemporary
2009   Master of Visual Studies, University of Toronto
1988   University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
    B.A. Honours, Fine Arts Major
Solo Exhibitions
2013   Giotto's O, Art Gallery Of Ontario, Toronto
    will it go round in circles?, live drawing performance, First Thursday May, Art Gallery of Ontario
    perfect, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto
2012   coruscant ascending, Howard Park Institute, Toronto
2011   The Reconstruction, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto
2009   MVS Graduate Exhibition, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto
2006   stroke for stroke, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
2004   Dimension, Halde Galerie, Widen, Zurich Switzerland
2003   branch, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
2002   sample, The Canadian Embassy Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2001   one mark, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
2000   Path, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
1998   Given, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
1994   Blessure, Gallery 788, Toronto
1994   Marked, Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto
Group Exhibitions
2012   Breaking Black, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton ON
    Selected works presented by General Hardware Contemporary Art: ART TORONTO:
    Booth 940, Oct 25 – Oct 28, 2012
    SCOPE MIAMI ART FAIR, Booth K07  Dec 4 – Dec 9, 2012
    Art Spin, final tour and exhibition, Toronto www.artspin.ca
    60 Painters, Humber College, Etobicoke, curated by Scott Sawtell
    Memento mori, Common Thread International, World of Threads Festival, The Gallery at
    Sheridan Institute, Oakville, Ontario, Curator: Gareth Bate.
2011   HPI presents 6 Painters, Toronto
    Align, b contemporary, Hamilton, Canasda
    The Apartment Show, Howard Park Institute, Toronto
    Align, b contemporary, Hamilton, Canada
2010   Taking Shape, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto
    Inaugural Exhibtion, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto
    Red Carpet, Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto
    Art School (dismissed), Shaw Street School, Toronto, curator Heather Nicol
    Givins Shaw Public School, Toronto
    Project 31, OCAD Fundraising Auction, Toronto
2009   catalogue essay by Ian Carr-Harris
    start Profs, work by professors from art institutions across Canada, Studio 21, Halifax
2008   Pulse 2: Film and Painting After the Image, curated by Barbara Sternberg,
    Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
    MVS Open Studio, University of Toronto
    Lightening Strikes Twice, Xpace Gallery, Toronto
    Monkey’s Paw Shelf Label Project, curated by Keri Reid and
    Stephen Fowler, Monkey’s Paw Bookstore Toronto
    House Lights Left Bright, curated by Stacey Sproule, 1478 Dundas W Toronto
2007   Hot Wax, The Rooms, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada
    Ann Thinghuus und Nicole Collins, Halde Galerie, Widen, Switzerland
2006   Pulse: Abstract Painting and Film, Mount St Vincent University
    Gallery, curated by Ingrid Jenkner and Barbara Sternberg
    Whodunit? Ontario College of Art & Design fundraising auction, Toronto
    OCAD Drawing and Painting Endowment Collection 2006,
    Great Hall, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto.
    Collins Waldburger White: Wax, Minarovich Gallery, Elora Centre for the Arts.
    you don’t wanna miss that shit, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, curated by Katherine Mulherin
2005   Crossing the Line, The Painting Center, New York, New York
    informal ideas 04:05, (please press landscape), Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
    Whodunit? Ontario College of Art & Design fundraising auction, Toronto
    Advent, Halde Galerie, Widen, Switzerland
    Death in the Studio: Studio Death Snapshots, Book Project by Hannes
    Priesch + Niki Lederer, book launches in Vienna, NYC and Toronto
    informal ideas 04-02: landscape, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
    informal ideas 04-01: (warm), Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
    Advent, Halde Galerie, Widen, Zurich Switzerland
2003   Motherlode, Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto, curated by Gretchen Sankey
    Whodunit? Ontario College of Art & Design fundraising auction, Toronto
    Art with Heart, Casey House Benefit Auction, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (catalogue)
    Advent, Halde Galerie, Widen, Zurich Switzerland
2002   Whodunit? Ontario College of Art & Design fundraising auction, Toronto
2001   Bra Joe from Kilimanjaro, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia,
    curated by Ihor Holubizky
    Paintings Painted, Platform Gallery, (see Exhibition 25) London UK
    Triangle Artists’ Workshop Canadian Participants Exhibition, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto
    Art with Heart, Casey House Benefit Auction, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (catalogue)
    Translinear, Cambridge Gallery, Cambridge, Canada
    Touring Group Exhibition (catalogue)
    Translinear, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
2000   Translinear, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
    Translinear, Tom Thomson Gallery, Owen Sound, Canada
    Art with Heart, Casey House Benefit Auction, Rosalie Sharp Pavillion,
    Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto (catalogue)
1999   Translinear, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Canada
    Art with Heart, Casey House Benefit Auction, Leo Kamen &
    Wynick/Tuck Galleries, Toronto (catalogue)
    Toronto School of Art 30th Anniversary Faculty Show,
    Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto (catalogue)
    Toronto: Under 40, Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
    Art 1999 Chicago, Seventh Annual Exposition of International
    Galleries of Contemporary Art, May 7-11, Chicago, USA
    Informal Ideas 99.1: (Preview ‘99), Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
1998   Art with Heart, Casey House Benefit Auction, Leo Kamen &
    Wynick/Tuck Galleries, Toronto (catalogue)
    Layers, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
    Informal Ideas 98.2, 14 Degrees of Abstraction, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
    Nicole Collins, Michael Davidson, Sheila Gregory, Milly Ristvedt:
    Paintings, James Baird Gallery, St. John’s NF, Canada
1997   Art with Heart, Casey House Benefit Auction, Leo Kamen &
    Wynick/Tuck Galleries, Toronto (catalogue)
    International Juried Exhibition of Encaustic Works, The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, New York
    Colour in the Square, Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto
    R&D (Research & Development), York Quay Gallery, Toronto
    Summer Gallery Artists Exhibition, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
1996   GLO, Archive Inc., Toronto
    Juicy Fruit, Art Gallery of Durham, Canada (catalogue)
1995   Juicy Fruit, The Koffler Gallery, North York, Canada (catalogue)
    Art with Heart, Casey House Benefit Auction, Linda Genereux Gallery, Toronto (catalogue)
1994   Mud, 59 Adelaide Street East, Toronto (catalogue)
    Merging XVI, Gallery 788, Toronto
1993   Cover Me, Site specific Store-front Installation, 488 Queen Street West, Toronto
    Cabinet des Curiosites, La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City, Quebec
    Look ‘93 Annual Juried Exhibition, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, Ontario
1992   Fleshcase, Installation, Embassy Hotel, London, Canada
    Roundup ‘92, 80 Spadina Ave, Toronto
    Contemporary Canadian Painting, L’Etude Ader Tajan, Paris, France
1991   Chambermade, Embassy Hotel, London, Canada
    CKOC Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton,
    Canada, Juror’s Award, Roundup ‘91, Toronto
1990   Housing: a Right, Powerplant, Toronto, Canada
1989   University of Guelph Fine Arts Graduates 25th Anniversary
    Alumni Show, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Canada
2011   The Donovan Collection
2006   The Donovan Collection
1999   The Donovan Collection
Grants, Awards,  &  Residencies
2013   OCADU Florence, Italy Program Coordinator
2007   The Kathleen Coburn Graduate Admission Award, University of Toronto
2004   Canada Council Travel Grant (Switzerland)
2002   Canada Council Travel Grant (Tokyo, Japan)
    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance (Tokyo, Japan)
2001   Canada Council Travel Grant (London UK)
    Triangle Artists’ Workshop, Fall 2000, New York City, USA
1999   Canada Council Travel Grant (Newfoundland)
1998   Toronto Arts Award Protegee Program, commission by award winner Suzy Lake
1997   Canada Council C Grant
1994   Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artists Grant
    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance
1992   Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artists Grant
2013   Nicole Collins Brings Ciotto's O to the AGO, OCAD University.
2013   Georgiana Uhlyarik, Giotto's O, Exhibition Essay, Art Gallery of Ontario
    Phil Irish, Nicole Collins Curates as she Creates, Review, Canadian Art Online, January 7,2013
2012   Nicole Collins, Breaking Black, essay for exhibition of the same name, McMaster Museum of Art,
    Hamilton Ontario
    Pete Smith, Glimpses of Renewal, Review, Canadian Art Online, January 5,2012
2011   Mike Hansen, Interview: Nicole Collins, ArtSync TV, December 2011
    Gary Michael Dault, Lunar Caustic, essay commissioned by General Hardware Contemporary,
2010    The Donovan Collection, University of St. Michael’s Press, Father Daniel Donovan,
    Painting: Shifting Loci.06 (2006) page 76
2009    Painting: Hot Wire, 2001 selected as illustration for Psychology – From Inquiry to Understanding,
    by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, Laura L. Namy, Nancy J. Woolf, Kenneth Cramer &
    Rodney Schmaltz.
2008   Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, Magenta Publishing for the Arts
2007   Naasgard, Roald, Abstract Painting in Canada, Douglas & McIntyre/Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
    Jordan, Betty Ann, Artist File: Nicole Collins, article Canadian House & Home, October
    Tanja Seufert, Kunst aus Kanada, Attika 2 (Swiss magazine)
2006   Gary Michael Dault, Going Out: Exhibit A; Different Strokes, Review,
    The Globe & Mail, October 13, 2006
2004   Virginia M. Eichhorn, Rewind: Nicole Collins,  Wynick/Tuck Gallery,
    Toronto, Review, Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2004, Volume 21, Number 2
2003   Thomas Hirschmann, Parental Units, review of Motherlode, NOW magazine, September 11-17, 2003
2002   Ihor Holubizky, catalogue essay for sample, catalogue of exhibition at The Embassy of Canada,
2001   Michael Coomer, Nicole Collins & Michael Davidson at Platform, Time Out Magazine, London UK,
2000   Gary Michael Dault, don’t look at me like that, Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 2000, Volume 17,
    Number 1 (see also Fast Forward: Toronto in same issue)
    Gillian Mackay, Gallery Going, Nicole Collins at Wynick/Tuck, The Globe & Mail, April 8, 2000
1998   Blake Gopnik, The List/The Insider, The Globe & Mail, Octboer 24, 1998
    Gary Michael Dault, Gallery Going: Nicole Collins at Wynick/Tuck, The Globe & Mail, September 5, 1998
1997   Betty Ann Jordan, Gallery Going, Research & Development at the Harbourfront Centre,
    The Globe & Mail, August 9, 1997
1996   John Massier, catalogue essay for Juicy Fruit, exhibition catalogue
1995   Betty Ann Jordan, Reviews: Dead Industry, Painting Disorders, Posse, MUD,
    Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 1995
1994   Oliver Girling, The Big Picture, Review and cover photo, eye magazine, November 24, 1994
1994   Christopher Hume, Painterly Collective throws MUD in your eye, review, The Toronto Star,
    November 24, 1994
    Ihor Holubizky, catalogue essay for MUD catalogue
    Oliver Girling, A quick study on the ideal studio, review of Blessure, eye magazine, September 29, 1994
    Artists’ page, Matriart- A Canadian Feminist Art Journal, July 1994
1993   Fleshcase, Artists’ page, Late Harvest Magazine, December 1993
1992   Images of Women 1992, review/listing, Xtra Magazine, February 21,
    Deborah Meldazy, Chambermade review, C Magazine, Spring 1992
    Judith Sandiford & Ronald Weihs, Gallery Walkabout, Workseen Artists’ Forum, No. 12, Spring 1992
    Art Contemporain du Canada, L’Etude Ader Tajan, Paris France, exhibition catalogue, May 1992
    Diana Geddes, Canadian Art on Display at Paris Show, The Toronto Star, May 1992
    Roundup 92, Illustrated Exhibition Guide
    Kate Taylor, Here we go ‘round the Roundup, review, The Globe & Mail, June 9, 1992
1991   Roundup 91, Illustrated Exhibition Guide, June 1991
    Kate Taylor, Decorators to the poor and unknown, review of Chambermade, The Globe & Mail,
    November 15, 1991
1989   Roundup 89, Illustrated Exhibition Guide, May 1989
Curatorial Projects
2012   Breaking Black, The McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton. Works from the collection.
1994   mud, Adelaide Street East, Toronto.
Teaching & Related
2013   Florence Program Faculty Co-ordinator, Florence Italy January-April
    Curator's Circle Public Lecture, Giotto's O Art Gallery of Ontario
2012   Artist/Curator Talk, Breaking Black, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton ON November 22, 2012
2011   Recipient: OCADU Non-Tenured Faculty Teaching Award, 2011
    Instructor (since 2004), Ontario College of Art & Design, Drawing and Painting Program,
    Courses: Painting Studio 2nd and 3rd year, Materials & Processes; Process as Art the
    Meaning of Materials; Alchemy and Art; Colour and Composition
2010   Guest Instructor, OCAD DRPT Thesis
2009    Panel: Facing Down the Screen, panel discussion organized by Bogdan Luca,
    contributed video: melt
2008   Paper: Stroke for Stroke/Re:Paint, UAAC Conference,
    Panel: The Agony and Ecstacy of Influence or: Copycat! Copycat!, chair Barbara Balfour,
    York University
    Paper: Re-painting Ad Reinhardt’s “Black Painting”, Image and
    Imagery Conference, Brock University, Panel title: Borrowing Redoing Creating a Pastiche
    Visiting Artist, Brock University Department of Fine Art Guest Lecture
    Paper: Surface Disruption, Intention and the evolution of Broken
    Painting, Mischief and Malice: Crime in the Museum,
    Symposium and on-line exhibition, Department of Museum Studies, University of Toronto
    Juror: Environs, Scarborough Arts Council Annual Juried Art Exhibition
2007   Essay contribution to 26: Michael Davidson, Translinear Publishing
    Panellist: Art VS Design, organized by XSPACE, OCAD student gallery
2006   Assistant Professor, CLTA contract position, Ontario College of Art & Design, Drawing and Painting
    Organizer and Panel Moderator: The Value of Art, Toronto School of Art, Toronto
    Panel member: Scarborough Arts Council Panel Discussion: Art can
    teach you but can Art be taught? Centennial College, Toronto
    Visiting Artist, Centennial College Creative Fusion Lecture Series
2005/06   Instructor, Toronto School of Art, Contemporary Issues,
    professional Studio, Encaustic Intensive Workshops
    Panel member: BIG TALK: Community and Conversations in Art &
    Design Education Conference, OCAD, Toronto
2004 - present Instructor, Ontario College of Art & Design, Department of Drawing
    and Painting, Courses: Materials & Processes; Process as Art the
    Meaning of Materials; Alchemy and Art; Colour and Composition
    Guest Artist, Painting Department, Ontario College of Art & Design
    Jury Member, Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Scholarship, Ontario College of Art & Design
    Catalogue Essay: Doris McCarthy Everything which is Yes,
    published by University of Toronto at Scarborough
2003-04   Instructor, Ontario College of Art & Design Continuing Studies
    Program and Admissions Portfolio Clinics
    Instructor, Toronto School of Art, Drawing as a Contemporary Practice,
    Basic Painting, Encaustic Workshop, Faculty Student Advisor
2002   Visiting Artist, University of Guelph
    Visiting Artist, Art & Art History Program of University Of Toronto & Sheridan College, Toronto
    Artists’ Talk at McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton ON (Translinear)
    Jury Member, Canada Council for the Arts
1998-2002   Instructor, The Toronto School of Art, Encaustic Painting
1997-2002   Art Gallery of Ontario Artists’ with their Works program
1995   Visiting Artist, University of Guelph, Guelph
1994   Canadian Women’s Art in the Schools, and educational program
    developed and circulated nationally to secondary schools by the Women’s Art Resource Centre
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