Amazing paper sculptures of animals

September 27, 2012 • 6:57 am

Artist Calvin Nicholls makes stunning sculptures of animals entirely out of paper. You can see more of them at Beautiful Lifewhich also supplies this information:

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.”

h/t: Su

26 thoughts on “Amazing paper sculptures of animals

    1. You might want to send him a kind private email about that. He might appreciate knowing there is a mistake rather than having it talked about somewhere else in public where he (or the person who makes his website) is unlikely to see it.

  1. Aren’t these paper sculptures fantastic? On Sep 27, 2012 8:57 AM, “Why Evolution Is True” wrote:

    > ** > whyevolutionistrue posted: “Artist Calvin Nicholls makes stunning > sculptures of animals entirely out of paper. You can see more of them > at Beautiful Life, which also supplies this information: Canadian > artist Calvin Nicholls creates the following amazingly beautiful > sculptures”

  2. Cat fanciers on WEIT might also want to go to the beautiful life site, click on “Unbelievable Pencil Art by Paul Lung”, which is under the Top 10 posts shown on the right sidebar. These drawings are also astounding.

    1. Doesn’t look real? I’d say it was the realest of them all, especially if you think of it as having been prepared for, say, electron microscopy and so made monochrome. The silly thing is that the folds in its fringe should look more like folded paper than anything else, but they don’t.

      1. I meant it didn’t look real as in it looked almost computer generated as opposed to being actual physical pieces of paper. Sorry I probably didn’t explain myself very well!

        1. Since we all know what we all mean, we are all inclined to assume that our words will convey not only what we mean, but what we know – when sometimes they don’t even convey what we mean.

          By which I mean, no need to apologise, I do it myself all the time.

  3. Wow. I wish I had money to collect ’em. 🙂 I’d put them in glass cases though to control the dust, humidity, and oxygen.

  4. Amazing! I would love to be able to collect some of these pieces. I much prefer art executed with incredible craftsmanship to the hit or miss, mostly miss, concept is all that matters, craftsmanship not important type of art that is so prevalent in Fine Art these days.

    1. This gets back to the old question, What is Art? Carole Feuerman’s hyper-realistic sculptures are the highest level of craft, but if we only measure them by the degree of similarity to a (momentary) original, then slavish copying – like that of some autistic artists – wins prizes over less realistic works with more content. (Some day a 3D printer will be able to make sculptures just like those.) Art requires something, more, injected by the artist. Feuerman has injected emotion into some of them, but not so much into others.

      1. Art is of course extremely subjective. In my opinion, for my tastes, the best art happens when the artist achieves brilliance conceptually and executes the concept with amazing craftsmanship.

        I do not equate realism/hyper realism with craftsmanship, though that does require great craftsmanship which I do admire.

        What I do dislike is Fine Art that conceptually is cliche or simplistically obvious, or just really not clever, deep, or witty, and craftsmanship wise looks like the product of a second grade craft project. And there is a lot of that kind of Fine Art even at the most prestigious venues, like ArtBasel. What is almost worse is Fine Art that is conceptually good but executed with abysmal craftsmanship, which is also common.

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