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 Marion Florence Nicoll  (1909 - 1985)

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Lived/Active: Alberta / Canada      Known for: modernist still life and landscape painting, printmaking, teaching

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Marin Nicoll

Calgary, Alberta, 1909
Calgary, Alberta, 1985

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Marion Florence S. Mackay Nicoll was born in Calgary, Alberta. In high school, she took extra curricular painting classes at St. Joseph’s Convent, Red Deer, Alberta (1925-1926). She studied at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, but she did not finish because of an illness. She then studied under A.C. Leighton at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art, Calgary (1029-1932) and she also attended the summer school (now known as the Banff School of Fine Arts) under the same professor. From 1937 to 1938 she studied figure painting at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, England, under Duncan Grant. In 1957, she studied under Will Barnet at the Emma Lake Seminar. From 1958 to 1959 she attended the Art Students League in New York. For thirty years, she taught at Calgary’s Provincial Institute of Technology and Art. She also gave classes at the summer school of the University of Alberta (1937-1938); extension classes (1946-1948); Banff School of Fine Arts (1946); the Cultural Development Board, Government of Alberta (1948-1949). She received various awards, including a Canada Council grant in 1958, a senior fellowship in 1966 and six honour certificates from the Royal Drawing Society, London, England, for teaching. She held several solo exhibitions, including at the Alberta College of Art (1959); Bowness Town Hall, Alberta. (1960-1965); Studio 61, Edmonton, Alberta (1961); Focus, Edmonton (1962, 1963, 1964) Upstairs Gallery, Toronto (1963); Yellow Door Gallery, Winnipeg (1964), among others. She is represented in the following collections: Winnipeg Art Gallery, Memorial University, Newfoundland.; University of Alberta; Edmonton Museum, Poole Collection, Edmonton.

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“Calgary Woman Masters Ancient Wax-Painting Art.” Gazette (Montreal) 30 Dec. 1957.
“Canada Council Fellowships – 2 Calgary Artists Win Awards.” Calgary Herald 26 Apr. 1966.
Barnhouse, Dorothy. “Exhibit by Nichol Last For Gallery.” Edmonton Journal 19 Oct. 1963.
C. G. P. “Clement Greenberg’s View of Art on the Prairies.” Canadian Art 20.2 (Mar-Apr. 1963).
Flaherty, Adeleine. “Life And Paintings Synonymous For Calgary Artist-Teacher.” Calgary Herald 27 Jan. 1965.
Harper, J. Russell. Painting in Canada: A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1966, 2nd edition 1977.
Jackson, Christopher. Marion NIcoll: Art and Influences. Calgary: Glenbow Museum, 1986.
Joyner, J. Brooks. Marion Nicoll, R.C.A. Calgary: Masters Gallery, 1979.
MacDonald, Colin S.. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
Neesham, Robin. “Art Show Features Boldness Of Nicoll’s Abstract Works.” Calgary Herald 10 Dec. 1963.
Nicoll, Jim. Paintings and Poetry. Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1977.
Reference Division, McPherson Library, compilers. Creative Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Creative and Performing Arts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, University of Victoria, 1971.
Reid, Dennis. A Concise History of Canadian Painting. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1973.

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