Marion Florence S. MacKay Nicoll

Canadian (1909 - 1985)

Marion Florence S. MacKay Nicoll was a Canadian painter.
Based on records, Marion Florence S. MacKay Nicoll's estimated art value is C$40,000 (*)

Marion Florence S. MacKay Nicoll's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$5,000 - C$100,000, or even much higher.

From records, the highest price paid at auction for an oil painting work attributed to Marion Florence S. MacKay Nicoll (1909-1985) was C$56,160 - paid for "Alberta VII [Winter Morning]" at Levis in Calgary on Sun, Nov 8, 2015. has 94 auction art sale records for their oil painting results, with prices in the range of C$5,000 to C$100,000.

Heffel Auction House Biography and Notes

Marion Nicoll is widely regarded as one of Alberta’s finest abstract painters. Known for her bold, simplified style, her work poetically captures the elemental aspects of the Albertan landscape and people. Nicoll studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and then the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary (now ACAD), before becoming their first female instructor of craft and design in 1933. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, she maintained a traditional approach to representation, and painted almost exclusively naturalistic landscapes. Nicoll’s conversion to abstraction in the later part of her career was the result of two main influences: automatic drawing - as introduced by Jock MacDonald, and the 1957 Emma Lake workshop led by Will Barnett. Automatic drawing was a creative revelation to Nicoll - the Surrealist practise of spontaneous creation opened her mind to alternative forms of representation. She later recognized Barnett’s clean and basic forms and colours as the optimal form for her abstract representation, and trips to New York (1958) and Sicily (1959) solidified her commitment to working abstractly.

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