Jack Nichols was born in Montréal, Québec in 1921. Working alongside F. H. Varley and Louis Muhlstock, Nichols went on to be an official war artist in the 1940's.
He received a Guggenheim fellowship and was a member of The Royal Canadian Academy. Along with painting he created lithographs that were exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1958.
He died in 2002.