Duane Nickerson is a Canadian artist who has exhibited his work internationally and now lives and works near Toronto. His paintings reside in public and private collections in Australia, Brunei, Canada, France, Mexico, Singapore, the UK and the United States.

Nickerson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Governor General’s Gold Medal award from the University of Calgary.

“My work now almost exclusively reflects my fascination with the complex visual matrix that arises from the slow growth of trees and the erosion of limestone by water. With such subject matter, the theme of time is ever present. I am intrigued by the various tracks of time evident in this environment. This sense of slow change is reflected in the process of layering mixtures of the primitive, physical medium of oil paint on a canvas surface. The slowness of my oil painting technique pays modest tribute to the endurance of trees and the majesty of geological forces that continue to shape our environment.”

2017 The Forest and the Trees, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby

2017 Duane Nickerson, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto (Solo feature)

2016 Slow Growth, Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton (Solo)

2015 Summer in the City, Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton

2014 Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition, Grimsby Public Art Gallery

2013 Summer in the City, Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton

2010 Ephemera, Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton (Solo)

2010 Harvest, Gallery 145, St. Catharines

2009 A Closer Look, Gallery on The Bay, Hamilton (Solo)

2009 Bruno Capolongo Invitational, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Hamilton

2008 Local Harvest, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby

2007 Gathering, Ross Morrow Theatre, Ridley College, St. Catharines

2002 Surface Channels, Substation Gallery, Singapore (Solo)

2002 Duane Nickerson, Canada House, Brunei Darussalam (Solo)

2002 Guests in Brunei, Brunei National Gallery, Bandar Seri Begawan

1997 Furtive Membrane, Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto (Solo)

1996 Juicy Fruit, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario

1996 Paintings, The Blue Monkey, Toronto (Solo)

1995 Juicy Fruit 1, Koffler Centre for the Arts, North York, Ontario

1995 Juried Show, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby, Ontario

1995 Season’s Choice, Cold City Art Gallery, Toronto

1994 Carnival, The Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto (Solo)

1994 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto

1993 More or Less, BIRGANART Gallery, Toronto

1992 Paintings, Birganart Gallery, Toronto (Solo)

1991 Rift, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary (Solo)

1991 Christiansen/Hughs/Nickerson, Truck Gallery, Calgary

1990 Approximations, Fine Arts Gallery, Calgary (Solo)

1990 Recent Representational Painting, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary

1990 Square Deal Cubed, New Gallery, Calgary

1990 New Video, EM Media, Calgary

1989 Paintings and Constructions, The Arts Centre, Fredericton (Solo)

1989 Acquisitions 1988-89, University of New Brunswick Arts Centre, Fredericton

1988 Paintings and Constructions, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax (Solo)

1984 Travel Paintings, Tilley Hall, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (Solo)

2016 Artist Duane Nickerson is fascinated with things that take a long time to be, Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator

2010 Magician Makes the Ordinary Extraordinary, Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator 12/11/10 (review of Ephemera exhibition)

2010 Trivial Pursuits, review of Ephemera exhibition, Shelley Thomas

2010 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Dilettante’s Diary

2002 Surface Channels, U-Ground Magazine, Singapore, 09/02

2002 Go Beyond the Surface by Camilla Chaim, The Straits Times, Singapore, 19/08/02

2002 Artwork that Really Gets Under Your Skin by Parvathi Nayar, The Business Times Singapore 17/08/02

1996 The Art Market by Duane Nickerson, The Globe and Mail, 09/09/97

1995 Juicy Fruit catalogue essay by John Massier.

1995 A Dynamic Visual Journey by Duane Nickerson, Cobourg Evening Guide, 05/02/96

1993 The Verdict is Excellent by Paul Benedetti, Hamilton Spectator, 07/10/93

1992 Body as Metaphor by George Olds, Extra Magazine, 04/14/92

1991 Assembling Room by Paul Woodrow, Artichoke Magazine, Fall/Winter

1988 Varied Elements of Abstraction Combined in Artist’s Work by Christina Sabat, The Daily Gleaner, 07/04/88

1988 Recent Paintings: Duane Nickerson by Christina Sabat, The Daily Gleaner, 06/23/88

1988 For the Experience catalogue essay by Michael Lawlor

2015 Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2010 Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council

1995-97 Exhibition Assistance Grants, Ontario Arts Council

1995  People’s Choice Award, Grimsby Art Gallery, Grimsby, Ontario

1993  Dean’s List, Faculty of Education, University of Toronto

1991  Governor General’s Gold Medal Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary

1990  Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship

1990  Production Scholarship, EM Media, Calgary

1989  Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Calgary

1988  Endowment Fund Scholarship, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

1987 Centennial Scholarship, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

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