John Nichols was a black and white darkroom photographer for over 30 years. 10 years ago he made the leap to both color photography and digital printing. The darkroom is now a wine cellar and he now prints both grayscale and color on paper and canvas using state of the art HP printers using archival pigmented inks.
In 2010 John was selected to be interviewed and documented by Focus on the Masters. Focus on the Masters is a non-profit art appreciation program that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists. Their archive includes oral histories, video taped interviews, photographic portraits and examples of the artists’ work.
Photographs by John Nichols are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura County, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Univ. of Austin, Texas, the Jackson Wheeler Collection (promised gift to the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard), the City of Ventura and numerous private collections. Selected exhibits include the Santa Paula Art Museum, the California Oil Museum, the Museum of Ventura County, Ojai Art Center, Ojai Valley Museum, Annual Santa Paula Art and Photography Shows, Carnegie Art Museum and others.
For several years he has been collaborating with Gail Pidduck to produce art about agriculture. That lead to the development of the Ag Art Alliance to further promote exhibits and workshops for artists working in the field of art about agriculture. Their current project is the Santa Paula Portrait Project.
John Nichols Gallery.com was established in Santa Paula in 1984. It continues to exhibit and sell vintage and contemporary photographs and fine art
and provide curatorial assistance