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Tom and T. M. Nicholas: A Father and Son’s Journey in Paint

Jan. 11, 2020 — April 11, 2020

 

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Working with the Nicholas family of Rockport, Massachusetts, this exhibition explores the 40-year journey Tom and T. M. Nicholas have made together—as artists and as father and son. Works from numerous private collections will be showcased and a catalog will be available. Programming will feature gallery talks by T. M. Nicholas and Judith Curtis, as well as a lecture exploring the Cape Ann School of Painting.

Born and raised in Connecticut, as a young man Tom Nicholas studied with Ernst Lohrmann, H. Fisk and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has lived and worked in Rockport since the early 1960s, running a gallery on Main Street with his wife, Gloria. Working in oil, watercolor and gouache, the older Nicholas has maintained a busy exhibition schedule over the decades and his work has been received numerous awards and recognitions including from the Allied Artists of America, the Salmagundi Club, the American Watercolor Society and National Academy of Design. He was elected an Academician of the National Academy of Design and a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society. 

T. M. Nicholas studied with his father and with John Terelak and at Montserrat College of Art; he currently maintains a studio in Essex, MA. Following in his father’s footsteps, T.M. has exhibited his paintings widely, received numerous awards and is represented in many museum collections. Working in the tradition of the well-known Cape Ann School of Painting, T. M.’s work is widely recognized throughout the region.

As part of the exhibition’s related programming, T.M. Nicholas and art historian Judith Curtis will give separate gallery talks. Additionally T.M. will be joined by artist Stapleton Kearns to present a lecture about the Cape Ann School of Painting.

 

(top) Tom Nicholas, Late Autumn, Rockport Harbor. Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 in. Private Collection. (bottom) T. M. Nicholas, Old Harbor, Gloucester. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Private Collection.
 
 

T. M. Nicholas Gloucester Barge Workers, 2011 Oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Nicholas, promised gift to the Cape Ann Museum Tom Nicholas White Wharf, Rockport, c. 1970s Watercolor 12 x 19 inches Collection of Anne and William Newcomb Tom Nicholas Morning Coffee, Rockport, 1996 Oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches Private Collection T. M. Nicholas The Grand Canal, 2014 Oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches The James Collection, promised gift to the Cape Ann Museum Tom Nicholas View of the Island, late 1960s Watercolor 20 x 36 inches Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Davies Tom Nicholas Pigeon Cove, 1987 Oil on canvas 30 x 36 inches Private Collection Tom Nicholas Winter, Cape Ann Inlet, 2000 Oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bianchini T. M. Nicholas Warming Up, Gloucester, 2000 Oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bianchini Tom Nicholas Woodland Shadows, 2007 Watercolor 20 x 28 inches Collection of Richard and Valerie Beck T. M. Nicholas The Old Mill, 2015 Oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches Collection of Richard and Valerie Beck


 

Related Programs

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 11, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Lecture by T. M. Nicholas & Stapleton Kearns: The Cape Ann School of Painting
Saturday, February 15, 3:00 p.m.

Gallery Talk by Judith Curtis
Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m.

Gallery Talk by T. M. Nicholas
Saturday, April 4, 9:30 a.m.

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