I believe a work of art speaks to those who are meant for it, for art is largely personal —a touchstone to our private truths where we may gain valuable insight into our inner workings and perhaps even find ourselves in an environment of empathy. It is this meeting between painting and observer that fuels my desire to paint.
Nicole Daniah Sidonie studied photography at Ontario College of Art and Design (formerly Ontario College of Art) during which time she also interned with a Canadian graphic design company. Her career took a major departure in the years that followed with an opportunity in the performing arts as a dancer and choreographer —a calling that would span just over a decade.
In 2004, Nicole made the transition from performing arts back to visual arts and traveled extensively for a few years resulting in a photographic portfolio of captivating landscapes and the beautiful, diverse faces that she encountered. Her photographic work has received attention from TPOTY (Travel Photographer of the Year) and IPA (International Photography Awards) and has been featured in the hardcover edition of Journey Two, the Toronto Star, U.K.’s Digital Photographer magazine and on exhibition at England’s London Eye.
While working as a photo editor in 2006, Nicole decided to expand her creative reach and turned to Toronto’s Academy of Realist Art and Scottsdale Art School in Arizona to explore the subject of painting and drawing in the realist tradition. After several years of independent study and an inability to resist the pull of a blank canvas, she resolved to paint full time.
Nicole’s work became available to collectors for the first time in 2014 and are held in both private and corporate collections throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.
2006-2009 Academy of Realist Art – Painting & Drawing
2009 Scottsdale Art School – Figure Drawing
2005 & 2014 Avenue Road Art – Painting & Drawing
2004 George Brown College – Photography
2004 Steve McCurry – Photojournalism Workshop
1993 Ontario College of Art – Photography
2018 Carré d’artistes, Paris, St. Germain
2018 The Artist Project, Toronto, Canada
2016 Spring into Summer, The Papermill Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2016 Reversion, Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2016 The Artist Project, Toronto, Canada
2015 A Show within a Show, The PaperMill Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2015 The Artist Project, Toronto, Canada
2014 Sensation, Spazio dell’Arte Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2014 Corporate Gala, ShareNet Inc., Mississauga, Canada
2006 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), London, United Kingdom
Media & Publications:
2016 Artsy Shark, Featured Artist
2016 Honourable Mention, PaperMill Gallery Spring Show
2016 Best of Houzz Award
2015 Artsy Shark Abstract Artist Showcase
2006 “Not Alone” published in Journey 2 Edition
2006 “Not Alone” Digital Photographer Magazine
2006 “Little Things”, Toronto Star
2005 Travel Photographer of the Year, Honourable Mention