Beautiful Paper Sculptures By: Calvin Nicholls

Canadian artist Calvin Nicholls creates the following amazingly beautiful sculptures using sheets of paper. “Calvin has been creating his paper sculptures since 1986 from his studio north of Toronto Ontario, Canada. Working with sheets of paper and a scalpel, he cuts the component pieces to fit the final drawing and assembles the low relief artwork under studio lighting. When the sculpture is complete the lighting is adjusted to bring out the subtle form and texture. A large format camera is used to capture the detail on 8×10 film prior to scanning for print applications or art prints.”


  1. patience

    well . theres lazy and theres industrious. how do we explain the evolution of such an artist?

  2. Mike Kennedy

    All I can say it is amazing how much talent God has given this artist!

  3. Holly

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  4. Pamela

    A creator after God’s own Heart….

  5. neil

    God has nothing to do with it. This is all the artist’s effort. This is not a religious issue.

  6. Mike

    Maybe we could hear from the artist–Does the artist see the talent as a gift from God????

  7. Lynn

    If you are a School Librarian, you are very familiar with this spectacular artist who has been doing “The Saturday Evening Post” of Library Catalogs for a very long time.

  8. Rachel

    Right on, Mike!! These are amazing!

  9. Dana

    Wow. I’d really like to see the process on these. They are amazing.

  10. pat

    I would also like to see information on the process. The designs are just beautiful, I am glad I saw them. Thank you.

  11. Amazing and gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Would love to see the process as well.

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  13. Matthew

    Why are people so quick to give credit to a big invisible man when this is the result of the hard work of a real actual person. Amazing stuff, truly this took a lot of hard work and dedication, not some bogus divine intervention.

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  15. Mike

    I would think saying someone’s talent comes from God is one of the highest compliments you could give an artist. It doesn’t mean he didn’t struggle and work to bring his work to fruition, the comment expresses an attainment of a extremely high level of skillful artistic expression. It is art that attain a level of gift that few posses

  16. Nitesh

    Master work.

  17. jodi

    It’s a blessing to be able to veiw these. i too would like to see how it is done. I wish my sister had internet so I could share this with her. It truly is amazing and inspiring.

  18. Dennis Rainwater

    God’s gift is the talent. Our gift is the ability to see the beauty. My wish is that this could be the end of discussion and the start of pure pleasure of the Masterwork as someone pointed out.

  19. Art does not come from Gods. It is the other way around! Gods are of man’s imagination. I work hard at my art, and anyone can achieve it if they don’t give up. Artistic ability is NOT reserved for a few people. It is a honed skill like writing; not gifted by fairy tale creatures.
    Saying that artistic talent come from God is like the Greeks, who thought it came from muses! But we don’t believe in that (most of us). How would you react to someone that did?

  20. Ramona Hall

    Beautiful work and yes Neil, God did have something to do with it… God gave him the talent to do this and it’s a beautiful…

  21. John S. Harvey

    Amazing! Thank you. I am in awe. Simply stunning.

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    They are very convincing and will definitely work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are very short for novices.
    May just you please prolong them a little from subsequent time?

    Thank you for the post.

  24. mike kennedy

    I know aesthetic can not agree, but to me every good thing comes from God. God gives gifts to every person. It is up to them to decide to develop them and decide the direction of their inspiration. This artist could have never developed their talent or they could have developed it and used it to depict and further evil. They chose to do images of creation. Even if the artist is a non believer, they are refection God’s beauty in His creation.