Jack Nichols (1921-2009), pre-eminent World War II artist, lived quietly among us.

“Jack Nichols never advertised his accomplishments.  He just walked the streets of Cabbagetown unnoticed in his own mysterious way.”  (from the Cabbagetown People website)

Deckhand, painter, printmaker, draftsman, educator – Jack Nichols was well known in art circles, but just an average man in his own neighbourhood – that is, until a blue plaque appeared outside 395A Sackville Street.

His work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the National War Museum and numerous private collections.  “Drowning Sailor” was painted in 1946, and drew this comment from Mr. Nichols: “when you are drowning, you lose your nationality, don’t you?”  PHOTO – Jack Nichols, Ingram Gallery

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