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Artists as Writers: Collins, Nicole

Artist Biography

(Image from Nicole Collins’ website.)


Assistant Professor OCAD University

Areas of Expertise

Painting, drawing, installation, video art, sound art


Nicole Collins' artistic practice focuses on the effect of time, accumulation, force and heat on visceral materials, through painting, drawing, installation, intervention, video, and sound. Since 1994 she has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2013), The Art Gallery of Ontario (2013) and The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo (2001) and group exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, St. Johns, New York, Miami, London and Zurich. Her work has been featured online and in magazines, newspapers and books including the major survey 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 an Assistant Professor in the Drawing & Painting program at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU) and she lives in Toronto with her husband artist Michael Davidson and their daughter. Collins' work is represented by General Hardware Contemporary Art in Toronto.

Artist Biography taken from Nicole Collins’ website.

Online Resources

Nicole Collins’ website, containing selected artwork, writing by the artist, writing about the artist, and her CV.

Nicole Collins at General Hardware Contemporary Art, the gallery which represents the artist.

Nicole Collin’s soundwork on Soundcloud.

Writing by Nicole Collins

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

Nicole Collins: Writing about her own art

Stroke for Stroke: One.16. Artist statement. Read online.

Broken Painting. University of Toronto Master of Visual Studies Thesis Paper. Read online.

Understanding Blue, Art School Dismissed. Artist statement. Read online.

perfect, General Hardware Contemporary. Artist statement. Read online.

Nicole Collins: Writing about art

Doris McCarthy: everything which is yes  McCarthy, Doris; Klunder, Harold; Urban, David; MacDonald, Ann; Collins, Nicole  2004. Available at OCADU Library.

Michael Davidson: True Believer. Catalogue Essay for: 26: Michael Davidson. Read online courtesy of Nicole Collins.

Breaking Black Exhibition, McMaster Museum of Art. Curatorial essay. 2012/2013. Read online courtesy of Nicole Collins.