Chrissy Nickerson: Introduction | CV
My name is Chrissy Nickerson. I have been painting my whole life. I was fortunate to have an early year abroad to study at Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, then returned to Canada to earn two degrees from NASCAD; Bachelor of Design in Environmental Planning and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Primarily a landscape painter of Canada, I am also American with a summer studio in Maine where I rekindle my relationship with plein-air and enjoy a seasonal vacation-like studio practice. In Ontario I have a pop-up studio my childhood home, where I like to paint quick interpretations of my most recent sojourns into the wilderness. My home studio is Canmore, Alberta where I paint the Rocky Mountains. In 2006, after a long term residency at the Banff Centre, I launched my commercial career in Alberta. My professional representation has grown from one regional gallery to 4 galleries including one in Maine.
As an artist, I try to make relevant comments through my work; Issues of habitat, natural resources and environmental planning arise in every series on which I embark. I will not say “do not develop this land”, but am saying take notice. I draw attention, through my work, to how our towns are sold, planned, and developed. Keep our footprint tight. Plan for habitat. Glorify our urban forest. And for goodness sake, protect our parks! I am a Canadian Landscape Painter. I document our world through optimistic eyes. I search for beauty while drawing attention to issues relevant to the way we live.
I am honoured to be continuing the Canadian tradition of landscape painting. The Group of Seven paved the way of exploration and commentary on contemporary landscape work in Canada. I am proud that as a Canadian artist myself, I continually strive to establish my unique style, to paint in their wake.
2004 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bachelor of Fine Art
2003 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Bachelor of Design, Major in Environmental Planning
1999 Lorenzo D’Medici Institute, Florence, Italy
1998 Canadian College Italy, High school Diploma
Selection of Solo Exhibitions
Sept 2021 Chrissy Nickerson, Butter Gallery, Collingwood, Ontario
June 2021 The Long Road; a visual journal of southern Alberta, Mortar and Brick, Lethbridge, Alberta
Dec 2020. The Home Straight, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
Sept 2020. Out of the Woods, Butter Gallery, Collingwood, Ontario
July 2020. Cape Scott, Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo, BC
May 2020 Yellow Jacket, Elevation Gallery, Canmore Alberta
Dec 2017 Up For Development, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
June 2016 Pure, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
Jan 2015 I Am, Chrissy Nickerson, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
Dec 2013 Until We Come To Water, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2013- 15 Tour of Maine, Cape Rosier, A summers work by Chrissy Nickerson
Sept 2012 Chrissy Nickerson Splashing Horizon Gallery, Elizabeth Rummel School, Canmore, AL
June 2010 Yukon Spring Series Ted Harrison Artists Retreat, Carcross, Yukon
Oct 2009 The Beautiful Side of a Recession Elevation Gallery, Main St. Canmore, Alberta
April 2008 Pushed Horizons The Niagara Arts Centre, St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario
May 2006 The Spring Series, Banff 2006 The Other Gallery, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
Feb 2006 Eastern Shore Oil Paintings The Mermaid Café, Hwy 207, Grand Desert, Nova Scotia
Dec 2005 Eastern Shore Series Maples Décor Gallery, Bedford Hwy, Bedford, Nova Scotia
Oct. 2004 Oil Painting by Chrissy Nickerson MOeD Gallery, Agricola St. HFX, NS
April 2004 Dwell On Art, Tribeca, Granville St. HFX, NS.
Aug. 2001 Local Artist Chrissy Nickerson, Niagara Region The Tea Room, Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines, ON
Selected Group Exhibitions
March 2020 Transitions, Global Water Futures, Artsplace, Canmore, Alberta
June 2019 Bridging the Form, with Wanda Ellerbeck, Mortar and Brick, Lethbridge. Alberta
Feb 2017 Organic Matters, (Coming out Divorced) Elevation Gallery, Canmore Alberta
Oct 2015 First Biennial Contemporary in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Currated by Mary- Beth Laviolette, at the Whyte Museum, Banff Alberta
July 2015 15 Year Anniversary for Elevation Gallery, Top Ten. Canmore, Alberta
2015-2018 Juried Castine Plein~Air, Castine, Maine, USA
Feb 2014 Art for Life, Banff Hospital, Banff National Park, Alberta
Nov 2013 I am We, Curated by Bigoudi, Elevation Gallery, Canmore Alberta
June 2012. Transmissions between Lines, Elevation Gallery, Canmore Alberta
May 2011. Wet Paint, Recent works by Chrissy Nickerson and Lucie Bause. Elevation Gallery, Canmore Alberta.
Mar. 2011. Masterpiece Contemporary, Investing in Today's Art, Art Auction, Heffel,
The Art Gallery of Calgary, 117 - 8 Ave. SW, Calgary, Alberta
June 2008 First Annual Trail Juried Exhibition Loft Gallery, 183 Mash St. Allenford, Ontario, www.loftgallery.ca
Apr. 2008 Relating to the Masters Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
Dec 2007 Through the Looking Glass, Miniatures Elevation Gallery, 729 Main St. Canmore,
Nov 2007 Shoot the Turkey Corridor Collective. Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore, Alberta
Dec 2006 Place Your Bets Corridor Collective, Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore, Alberta
Oct 2006 Abstractions Elevation Gallery, Main St. Canmore Alberta
June 2006 First Look Corridor Collective Artists Studio and Gallery, Main St. Canmore,
Aug. 2005 Annual Surf Show Laughleton Gallery, Shore Road, West Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia
June 2005 Mid Summer Night Dream, Auction to raise money for Epilepsy Fred, Barrington Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 2005 Skateboard Art, Auction to raise money for more development in park, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Lower Water St. HFX, NS
Oct. 2004 Chrissy Nickerson, Jamie Amoffsi and Peter McCarron Pete’s Frootique, Birmingham St. HFX, NS.
2002- 2008 Paint the Town, 2 Day Painting Festival and Show-, Action to raise money for local arts centre, Annapolis Royal, NS.
2003-2004 Art on Spring Garden, Spring Garden Rd. HFX. NS
July 2002 South Shore, Group Show Fairview Inn Gallery, Bridgewater, NS
2000 Harvest Barn Winery Paintings, Harvest Barn Winery, St. Catharines, Ontario
2000 Group Landscape Show Anna Leonowens Gallery,NSCAD, HFX, NS
2006 Banff Centre, two month self directed
2010 Ted Harrison Retreat, Carcross, Yukon, 2 month self directed.
2018 The Annex, Castine, Maine, USA, 2 weeks self directed
2021 Gushul Studio, University of Lethbridge, Blairmore, Alberta, 2 week self directed
2018 Second Place at Castine Plein-Air Festival
Sep 2015 Spot Light on the Arts, Mayors Award Chrissy Nickerson. Canmore, Alberta.
2015 Art Combat , first place, ArtsPlace, Canmore, Alberta.
July 2015 2nd Place, Castine Plein~Air Festival , Castine, Maine, USA
2013-2015 Voted BEST LOCAL ARTIST in the Bow Valley by readers of The Outlook Weekly, Canmore, Alberta
July 2014 Honorary Mention, Juried Castine Plein~ Air Festival
Feb 2008 Gallery’s West, Magazine, Written article regarding new and exciting Corridor Collective and noted its members, Alberta
Dec 2007 Canmore Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artist of the year.
Feb 2007 Air Canada, Magazine: Noted the Corridor Collective and Artist Chrissy Nickerson as “a potent artist”.
June 2006 The Leader, Canmore News Paper Reviewed show, and compared Nickerson to accomplished professional artists, Alberta
June 2005 The Coast, Halifax News Paper Quoted CN's comments concerning the role of culture and sport.
October 2004 Tribeca signed and completed “Rent to Own” contract with Chrissy Nickerson, signed a 2.5 year contract to purchase 6 large paintings for a permanent collection. Tribeca, HFX, NS