Patricia Kirkpatrick Nicholson papers, 1923-1978  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Nicholson, Patricia Kirkpatrick, 1893-1978
Title
Patricia Kirkpatrick Nicholson papers
Dates
1923-1978 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.33 cubic feet plus 2 microfilm reels (positive and negative)
Collection Number
2425
Summary
Biographical information, correspondence, diaries, financial records and photographs of a painter of the Pacific Northwest
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
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Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Patricia Kirkpatrick Nicholson, 1893-1978, known professionally as P.K. Nicholson, was one of a very few major women painters in the Northwest. Her early study and personal association with Mark Tobey during the forties and fifties, was central to her development as an artist. She worked mostly in tempera and oil, in somber tones. Her use of abstract and semi-abstract imagery, often associated with the Northwest, bordered on the "mystical." Two of her most successful series of paintings dealt with religious themes and totemic symbols, probably derived from the Northwest Indians. A later series of paintings, whose principal motif was large sweeping calligraphic symbols, was influenced by her studies of Japanese calligraphy. P.K. Nicholson was an articulate speaker and writer about the aesthetics and philosophy of art. During much of her career she served as a touring Docent for the Seattle Art Museum.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 2425-001: Patricia Kirkpatrick Nicholson papers, 1923-1971Return to Top

4 cubic feet plus 2 microfilm reel (1 positive and 1 negative)

Scope and Content: Biographical information, correspondence, diaries, financial records, photographs. Also included are sketches by Madge Tennent, greeting cards by Mark Tobey, microfilm of Mark Tobey letters, color slides.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users, but access to portions of the papers restricted. Contact repository for details.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Archives of NW Art, 11/3/1970.

Description
Patricia Kirkpatrick Nicholson papers

Accession No. 2425-002: Patricia Kirkpatrick Nicholson papers, 1957-1978Return to Top

circa .33 cubic feet

Scope and Content: Biographical features, correspondence, writing, photograph, clippings, ephemera.

Includes two copies, black and white photograph, of a P.K. Nicholson painting owned by the Henry Gallery.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Archives of NW Art, 1/1/1983.

Description
Patricia Kirkpatrick Nicholson papers

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Women artists--Northwest, Pacific
  • Personal Names :
  • Nicholson, Patricia Kirkpatrick, 1893-1978--Archives
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Hallsten, Pehr, d. 1965 (creator)
    • Tobey, Mark (creator)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)