Darcy Nicholas

Darcy John Nicholas (born 1945) is a New Zealand artist, writer and art administrator of Māori (Te Āti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Hauā) and European descent.

Early life

Nicholas was born in Waitara in 1945. He lives in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt.

Art administration career

Nicholas opened his own art gallery in Lower Hutt in 1975.

Nicholas also established the Māori Art Market art fair in 2005 and has remained involved in the creative leadership of the event.

Artistic practice

Nicholas has been involved in the contemporary Māori art movement since the late 1960s. Nicholas spent 10 years with the New Zealand Police early in his career, but painted and exhibited during this time. In 1973 he decided to move into making art full-time. He has exhibited throughout New Zealand, Australia, Africa, United States, France, India, Britain, Germany, Netherlands, and Canada.

Nicholas was commissioned to produce a sculpture for the opening of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in 2015.

Awards and recognitions

  • 1984 Fulbright Scholarship to observe contemporary Native American and African America art in the United States
  • Queens Service Order for services to museums in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours
  • 2013 Supreme Te Waka Toi award, Creative New Zealand

    Further reading

  • 'Land of My Ancestors - Darcy Nicholas Artist', documentary film, 2007, []
  • [ Darcy Nicholas' website]