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Nicole Collins

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Nicole Collins Biography

Since the late 1980’s Toronto-based artist Nicole Collins has produced an extensive body of work that encompasses the effects and subsequent affect, of time, memory, accumulation, force and heat on visceral and ephemeral materials, especially through painting with encaustic, the application of molten pigment-infused wax. Themes of mortality, grief, commemoration, and resilience have most recently emerged in the solo exhibition Furthest Boundless at the Koffler Centre of the Arts in 2018. This engagement with the mutable and receptive nature of wax has led to investigations beyond the canvas including performative drawing, digital reproduction, installation, intervention, video, and sound. Solo exhibitions include: The Art Gallery of Ontario (2013), The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2013) and The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo (2001) and group exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, St. Johns, New York, Miami, Queensland, London and Zurich. Publications include: Abstract Painting in Canada (Roald Nasgaard), the 3rd edition of A Concise History of Canadian Painting (Dennis Reid), Carte Blanche, Volume 2: Painting, and The Donovan Collection Catalogue. Collins is Associate Professor of Material and Visual Culture in Drawing & Painting at the Ontario College of Art & Design University.

Curriculum Vitae

NICOLE COLLINS                                        

Toronto Canada





Master of Visual Studies, University of Toronto



University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, B.A. Honours, Fine Arts Major





Furthest Boundless, Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto, Curator Mona Filip exhibition publication


One Shot, General Hardware Contemporary Art, Toronto



untethered, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, essay by Julia Abraham



HEAVY: Black Paintings, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Curator Ivan Jurakic


Giotto’s O, Art Gallery Of Ontario, Toronto, Curator Georgiana Uhlyarik


will it go round in circles?, live drawing performance, First Thursday May, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Canada


perfect, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto



coruscant ascending, Howard Park Institute, Toronto



The Reconstruction, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto



Master of Visual Studies Graduate Exhibition, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto catalogue essay by Ian Carr-Harris



stroke for stroke, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto



Dimension, Halde Galerie, Widen, Switzerland



branch, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto



sample, The Canadian Embassy Gallery, Tokyo, Japan



one mark, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto