(b.1992, Prince Albert, Sk. Canada)
Nicole Paul is a Métis visual artist with her ancestry being of Cree and Sioux from her fathers side and European from her mothers.
In 2015 Nicole completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours, graduating with High Honours from the University of Saskatchewan. While there, she decided to take various studio classes which kickstarted her pursuit into the arts focusing on painting, printmaking and drawing. Nicole is now enrolled at the University of Melbourne undertaking her Masters of Fine arts, Visual Art and Indigenous Arts and Culture with plans to continue her research on to a PhD.
In the summer of 2013, Nicole was accepted into an art restoration program offered through the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies in San Gemini, Italy. While there she studied traditional painting techniques and restoration theory, which inevitably sparked her interests in restoration practices with the intent to apply restoration knowledge to fragile and under-protected Indigenous artefacts and artwork.
Nicole’s artwork is very diverse in her choice of mediums, subject matter and style, allowing her opportunity to experiment with her art. Nicole has also used her artwork as a vessel to look into her aboriginal heritage, the present day conflicts of aboriginal people and the issues being faced throughout Canadian and global histories. Much of the dialogue created within her work is meant to create conversations towards reconciliation and cultural revitalisation.
Placing first in the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition, Nicole gained recognition for her work ‘Keeper of the Voice’, which was created to raise awareness for the need to preserve and rehabilitate dying aboriginal languages. She was then awarded the Governor Generals History Award in November 2014 for her work. Having been involved with the Alliance For Intergenerational Resilience for it’s inaugural summit in 2015, Nicole now works as an executive board member and Youth Representative creating ideas through art, collaborative projects and social media on ways to create movements of resilience and reconciliation.
Her work has earned national awards and accreditations such as the Governor Generals History award. Nicole has worked and studied under various Indigenous artists, The School of Public Health, and various organizations to develop knowledge mobilization projects. She has worked in partnership with the Saskatoon Tribal council on The Child Taken Project; a collaborative commemorative art project designed to honour the generations of children who were separated from their families. This work is now part of a national archive for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Nicole has exhibited in various galleries and group shows globally as well as had her work published in various media outlets. She has experienced an influx of commissions over the past year and now has sold and displayed her artwork across Canada and internationally. Nicole is currently living in Melbourne, Australia actively perusing her artistic path, encouraging intergenerational knowledge transmission, resilience and cultural reclamation through her work.