Nicolas Party (b. 1980, Lausanne, Switzerland) is a New York- based artist who works across the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance. Party's portraits and still lifes are frequently rendered in soft pastel and conveyed in a range of palettes and fantastical settings. His androgynous, biomorphic subjects challenge the normative codes of representational painting. Blended by hand, Party's lustrous, jewel-toned murals create immersive environments which skew perspective and expand beyond the picture plane. Party's fascination with the natural world, and the characters which inhabit it, is faithful to the combined legacies of Classical antiquity, Renaissance painting, late 19th-century Romanticism, and 20th-century figurative painting.Read More
Party completed a BA in Fine Art at the Lausanne School of Art before undertaking an MA at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2021); Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Switzerland (2021); MASI Lugano, Switzerland (2021); Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (2020); Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (2019); Modern Institute, Glasgow (2019); M Woods Museum, Beijing (2018); Magritte Museum, Brussels (2018); Kaufmann Repetto, Milan (2018); Karma, New York (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); and the Dallas Museum of Art (2016).
Party's work is represented in the collections of the David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; and the Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China.
Text courtesy Karma.
Nicolas Party's first major solo exhibition at a European museum, Rovine, is currently on view in Switzerland at Museo d'Arte della Svizzera Italiana (MASI). In partnership with MASI, this Ocula photolog presents highlights from the show, including the artist's large site-specific murals, intriguing polychrome sculptures and luminous pastel...View More Ocula News Jadé Fadojutimi, Shara Hughes, and Rafa Macarrón Shine at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Sales Hong Kong, 12 October 2021
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