About

Luke Nicol grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and has always been drawn to the power and beauty of Lake Superior’s North Shore. After his graduation from Lakehead University in 2003, Lake Superior became the subject of many paintings. Luke also experiments with stream of consciousness painting, in which colourful compositions are created that contain both representational imagery and non objective forms.

With a recent return to pencil drawing. Luke is currently working on a series of drawings that explore a broad field of human endeavour in the hopes of finding meaning within the thrilling diversity of human activity.

Luke now lives, with his family, in Turku, Finland.

EDUCATION

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

2010-11 Advanced Painting Studio

2010-11 Advanced Drawing Studio

2000 – 2003 BFA, majoring in Painting & Sculpture

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Sum of the Parts

  • B-galleria, Turku, Finland
  • May

2013 Quetico Landscapes

  • Pictograph Gallery, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
  • May – June

2009 Lake Superior’s North Shore – The Limnology Project

  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • September – November

2009 New Paintings

  • Calico, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • August – September

2006 Vivid Shorelines

  • Waters of Superior, Duluth, Minnesota, USA
  • September – October

2006 New Surreal Paintings

  • Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • June – July

2006 Superior’s Natural Mystic

  • The Pictograph Gallery, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
  • April

2005 Print Sale & WEBSITE Launch

  • 88 Regent Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • May

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Summer Exhibition

  • Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Söderkulla, Finland
  • June 10 – August 15

2016 Luontoon (To Nature)

  • Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Söderkulla, Finland
  • November, 2016 – January, 2017

2014 The North Now: Northern Ontario Juried Exhibition

  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • October, 2014 – January, 2015

2014 October Studio Walkabout

  • 373 Tupper Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • October 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010

2012 Beginnings

  • Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre, Red Lake, Ontario, Canada
  • June – August

2008 Regent Street Art Exhibition

  • 88 Regent Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • December

2008 The Clothing Show

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • May

2007 Crown Street Art Exhibition

  • 99 Crown Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • December, 2007, 2006, 2005

2007 Making a Great Lake Superior Conference

  • Duluth, Minnesota, USA
  • October

2006 Thirty points of Light – Regional Group Show

  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • December, 2006 – January, 2007

2006 Plein Air Festival

  • Thunder Bay Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada
  • August

2005 Lakehead University Alumni – 25th Anniversary Visual Art Exhibition 2005

  • Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • November – December

2005 Art For All, Regional Group Art Exhibition

  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • January – February

2004 Art Show

  • Gargoyles, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • November – January

2003 Art Opening

  • Creed, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • November

GRANTS & AWARDS

2013 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2012 Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts Grant

2009 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2007 Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts Grant

2006 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

SELECTED PRESS

Bonnie Schiedel, “A Stream of Consciousness, The Art of Luke Nicol”, The Walleye Magazine,December 2014, Vol 5 No 12

Michelle McChristie, Superior Outdoors Magazine, Summer 2013, Vol 7 No 1

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Todd Dufresne, Clara Sacchetti, Kezia Picard, & Mark Nisenholt, editors, Superior Art: Local Art in a Global Context (Thunder Bay: Agency Books, 2012), 177-181.