Contemporary Artist Harvey Nichol Combines Fashion With the Same Inspiration That Drives his Creative Output

You can expect to find Nichol in a look as bold as his artwork.

Suit by Jaded London; turtleneck by Vince; boots from Zara; belt from Like New Vintage; jewellery is vintage/custom from his personal collection; fur scarf is self-made. Photograph by Colin Way; Self-styled by honourees with consultation by Kim Flanagan; Makeup by Joanne Black; Hair by Sue Thompson.

After his mother’s death, then 13-year-old Harvey Nichol emigrated from Manila in the Philippines and found himself living on Calgary’s streets before entering the foster care system at 15. During that time he found his love of art and style through hip-hop and skate culture when he joined the ReFreshed Crew youth arts mentorship program. “Being influenced by all these different cultures, I tend to mash them up,” says Nichol. “Sometimes I’ll just draw on my shirt or wear my own art.”

Now 21, Nichol is a full-time contemporary artist who works in explosive colour on canvas, found materials, garments and the human body. When he’s not working out of his home studio, you’ll find him at the Secret Shop YYC market of streetwear and art he takes part in. And, you can expect to find him in a look as bold as his artwork. “I’m very loud in the way I dress. Something that a normal person would see and be like, ‘that’s too much’ or ‘that’s ridiculous,’ I see that more as a challenge,” he says.

Sandals by Current Mood; eyewear is personal collection. Photograph by Colin Way; Self-styled by honourees with consultation by Kim Flanagan; Makeup by Joanne Black; Hair by Sue Thompson.
Striped long sleeve is self-made; button-up shirt is Oscar de la Renta; shorts from Frank and Oak; rings are all from the Philippines. Photograph by Colin Way; Self-styled by honourees with consultation by Kim Flanagan; Makeup by Joanne Black; Hair by Sue Thompson.
Top, pants and holster bag all by 9597; eyewear by ZeroUV. Photograph by Colin Way; Self-styled by honourees with consultation by Kim Flanagan; Makeup by Joanne Black; Hair by Sue Thompson.

This article appears in the April 2020 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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