OCAD University
Rob Nicholls
Faculty of Art

Area(s) of Expertise

Drawing and Painting


My work, since 2012, explores the effect of visual vibration in painting using repeated brushstrokes, pattern and dynamic colour relationships. I develop mark-making techniques from observing occurrences of repetition found within architecture.

He currently instructs in the Drawing and Painting department at OCADU. "My teaching method focuses on material experimentation and exploration. I'm interested in looking at students natural tendencies in mark-making and then helping them build an authentic visual vocabulary from which to make drawings and paintings."

He has exhibited his work across Canada and holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo where he participated in the Shantz Internship working with artists such as Tom McGrath, Dana Schutz and Marc Handelman in Brooklyn NY.


2012 M.F.A. Visual Art, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

2008 B.F.A. Visual Art, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC

2006 Diploma Visual Art, Langara College, Vancouver, BC

Professional Experience

2012-2014 Sessional Instructor in drawing and painting, OCADU, Toronto, ON

2012 Sessional Instructor in painting, Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, BC

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2013 Insert Here, Edward Day Gallery, curated by Scott Everingham, Toronto, ON

2012 Fresh Paint/New Construction, curated by Michael Patten, Art Mur, Montreal, QC

2011 MFA Group Show, University Of Waterloo Front Gallery, Waterloo,


2010 Split it up, Ed Video Gallery, Guelph, ON

2009 Art for Life, Art Auction, Rocky Mountaineer Station, Vancouver, BC

2008 Emergence, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008 Covering Ground, The Plank Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008 Rogue Waves, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr Institute,

Vancouver, BC

2008 Start, Studio 21, Halifax, NS

2008 Silent Auction, Peninsula Arts Foundation, RBC Dominion Securities,

White Rock, BC

2007 Future Ruins, Go-Go Gallery, Emily Carr institute,

Vancouver, BC

2007 Assemble Re-Assemble, Midtown Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Awards \ Grants

2014 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, Toronto, ON

2013 Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, Toronto, ON

2012 Sylvia Knight Award for Graduate Studio Excellence, Waterloo, ON

2011 Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarship, Waterloo, ON

2011 Winifred Shantz Summer Internship Award, Waterloo, ON

2011 University of Waterloo Bursary, Waterloo, ON

2010 University of Waterloo Bursary, Waterloo, ON

2008 Emily Carr University Bursary, Vancouver, BC

2007 Emily Carr University Bursary, Vancouver, BC

2006 Langara College, Award in Printmaking, Vancouver, BC

2005 Royal Canadian Legion Bursary, Vancouver, BC