Darcy NicholasDarcy 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 lifeNicholas was born in Waitara in 1945. He lives in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt.
Art administration careerNicholas 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 practiceNicholas 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.