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Nicolas Party

Photo: Axel Dupeux

Photo: Axel Dupeux

Born in Lausanne in 1980, Party is a figurative painter who has achieved critical admiration for bold and otherworldly landscapes, portraits, and still lifes that simultaneously celebrate and challenge conventions of representational painting. His works are primarily created in soft pastel, an idiosyncratic choice of medium in the 21st century, and one that allows for exceptional degrees of intensity and fluidity in his depictions of objects both natural and manmade. Transforming these objects into abstracted, biomorphic shapes, Party suggests deeper connections and meanings. His unique visual language has coalesced in a universe of fantastical characters and motifs where perspective is heightened and skewed to uncanny effect.


In addition to paintings, Party creates public murals, pietra dura, ceramics, installation works, and sculptures, including painted busts and body parts that allude to the famous fragments of ancient Greece and Rome. His brightly-colored androgynous figures vary in scale from the handheld to the monumental, and are displayed on tromp l’oeil marble plinths of differing heights that upend conventional perspective. Party’s early interest in graffiti and murals – his projects in this arena have included major commissions for the Dallas Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles – has led to a particular approach to the installation and presentation of his work. He routinely deploys color and makes architectural interventions in exhibitions spaces in order to construct enveloping experiences for the viewer.

The artist’s childhood in Switzerland imprinted upon him an early fascination with landscape and the natural world, and the influence of his native country places Party firmly within the trajectory of central European landscape painting. Points of reference in his work include celebrated 19th-century Swiss artists Félix Vallotton, Ferdinand Hodler, and to the figurative watercolor painter Hans Emmenegger. While Party eschews notions of direct influence from established historical movements, one can find within his works a 21st-century synthesis of the sorts of impulses and ideas that fueled Symbolism, Surrealism, and The New York School, the compositional strategies of Rene Magritte and Giorgio Morandi, and the visions of such self-taught artists as Louis Eilshemius and Milton Avery.

Based in New York and Brussels, Party studied at the Lausanne School of Art in Switzerland before receiving his MFA from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.

Biography

Born Lausanne, Switzerland, 1980

Education

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, 2009

Lausanne School of Art, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2004

Resides Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Marble House, ‘Nicolas Party at Marble House’, Newport RI
The Modern Institute, ‘Polychrome’, Glasgow, Scotland

2018 M WOODS, ‘Arches’, Beijing, China
Gregor Staiger, ‘Heads’, Zurich, Switzerland
Magritte Museum,‘Magritte Parti’, Brussels, Belgium
The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane Green Space, ‘Head’, Glasgow, Scotland
Kaufmann Repetto, ‘Pietra Dura’, Milan, Italy

2017 Modern Art Oxford, ‘Speakers’, cur. Stephanie Straine, Oxford, United Kingdom
The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met at Lincoln Center, ‘Dinner for 24 Sheep’, New York NY
KARMA, ‘Pastel’, New York NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, ‘sunrise, sunset’, cur. Stéphane Aquin, Washington DC
Xavier Hufkens, ‘Three Seasons’, Brussels, Belgium

2016 Palazzo Antinori, ‘Nicolas Party in the Garden Room’, cur. Ilaria Bonacossa, Florence, Italy
Hammer Museum, ‘Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party’, cur. Ali Subotnick, Los Angeles CA
The Modern Institute, ‘Three Cats’, Glasgow, Scotland
Dallas Museum of Art‚ ‘Nicolas Party: Pathway’, cur. Nolan Jimbo and Gavin Delahunty, Dallas TX
CAN: Centre d'art Neuchâtel, ‘Cimaise’, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Glasgow Print Studio, ‘Mezzotint’, Glasgow, Scotland

2015 RISE Projects, ‘Nicolas Party and Jesse Wine: Snails in Notting Hill’, London, United Kingdom
Kaufmann Repetto, ‘Snail's Chapel’, Milan, Italy
SALTS, ‘Panorama’, Basel, Switzerland
Inverleith House, ‘Boys and Pastel’, Edinburgh, Scotland
Kaufmann Repetto, ‘Two Naked Women’, Milan, Italy
Centre Culturel Suisse, ‘Pastel et nu’, Paris, France

2014 Westfälischer Kunstverein, ‘Trunks and Faces’, cur. Kristina Scepanski, Münster, Germany
Kunsthall Stavanger, ‘Landscape’, Stavanger, Norway
Gregor Staiger, ‘Pastel’, Zurich, Switzerland
David Dale Gallery, ‘Carrot Stairs’, Glasgow, Scotland

2013 The Modern Institute, ‘Still Life oil paintings and Landscape watercolours’, Glasgow, Scotland
Davel 14, ‘Cully Jazz’, Cully, Switzerland

2012 Salon 94 Freemans, ‘Dinner for 24 Dogs’, New York NY
Gregor Staiger, ‘Still Lifes and Big Naked Women’, Zurich, Switzerland
Swiss Institute, ‘Still Life, Stones and Elephants’, New York NY

2011 Doll Espace D'Art Contemporain, ‘'Charlotte' with Stephane Devidal’, Lausanne, Switzerland
Remap 3, ‘Still Life, Gold and Peeling Paint’, Athens, Greece
Upstairs at The Modern Institute Osborne Street, ‘Dinner for 24 Elephants’, Glasgow, Scotland
The Woodmill, ‘Elephants at the Woodmill’, London, United Kingdom

2010 Collective Gallery, ‘New Work Scotland’, Edinburgh, Scotland
Intermedia, ‘Teapots and Sausages’, Glasgow, Scotland
La Placette, ‘Teapots, Bread and Sausages’, Lausanne, Switzerland
Le Rez de Chaussee, ‘Elephants, spoons and sausage rolls’, Glasgow, Scotland

Group Exhibitions

2019 GRIMM, ‘Away in the Hill’, New York NY

2018 Mendes Wood DM, ‘Nightfall’, cur. Erika Verzutti, Fernanda Brenner, Milovan Farronato, Brussels, Belgium
Herald St, ‘Use Your Illusion’, London, United Kingdom
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, ‘The Biennial of Painting’, Deurle, Belgium
FRAC Lorraine, ‘Vous me rappelez quelqu’un’, cur. Fanny Gonella, Metz, France
Fondation de l'Hermitage, ‘Pastels, du 16e au 21 siècle’, cur. Sylvie Wuhrmann, Lausanne, Switzerland
Jessica Silverman Gallery, ‘Open House’, San Francisco CA

2017 Künstlerhaus Bremen, ‘Wie werden wir uns wiedererkennen’, cur. Fanny Gonella, Bremen, Germany
Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, ‘La Vie simple – Simplement la vie’, cur. Bice Curiger, Arles, France

2016 SMAK, ‘These Strangers... Painting and People’, Ghent, Belgium
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, ‘Sorcières et escargot’ (with Jesse Wine), Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Kunsthalle Emden, ‘VITAMINBOMBE Früchtebilder von Picasso bis Warhol’, Emden, Germany

2015 Shanaynay, ‘Full House’, Paris, France
Salon 94, ‘Tiger Tiger’, New York NY
Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Cantina del Bargino, ‘STILL-LIFE Remix, Antinori Art Project’, cur. Ilaria Bonacossa, Firenze, Italy
artgenève Art Fair, ‘Prix Mobilière’, Geneva, Switzerland

2014 Bonner Kunstverein, ‘Three Elephant's Day’ (with Serge Vuille), Bonn, Germany
Kumu Art Museum, ‘I’m a Painting’, cur. Kati Ilves, Tallinn, Estonia
Natalia Hug Gallery, ‘I'm So Green’, Cologne, Germany

2013 Neues Museum, ‘/prospekt/ Funktion / Disfunktion – Kunstzentrum Glasgow’, cur. Melitta Kliege, Nuremberg, Germany
Gavin Brown's enterprise, ‘Uri Aran, JWDB, Nicolas Party’, New York NY
Glasgow Print Studio, ‘40/40’, Glasgow, Scotland
Museum Folkwang, ‘Just What Is Not Is Possible’, Essen, Germany
Bonner Kunstverein, ‘IHRE GESCHICHTE(N)’, Bonn, Germany
The Bothy Project at the Walled Garden, ‘157 Days of Sunshine’, Glasgow, Scotland

2012 Dovecot Studios, ‘CARPETS OF DISTINCTION’, cur. Panel, Edinburgh, Scotland
Gregor Staiger, ‘The Best of Times’, Zurich, Switzerland
R4, Ile Seguin, ‘Allez-y’, Paris, France
Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, ‘'Arrives In Starting' with Stephane Devidal’, The Duchy Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Independent Art Fair, New York NY

2011 Eastside Projects, ‘Painting Show’, cur. Sophie von Hellerman and Gavin Wade, Birmingham, England
Eastside Projects, ‘Poster Club’, Birmingham, England
Glasgow Print Studio, ‘Poster Chaud’, Glasgow, Scotland
Gallery of Modern Art, ‘Blueprint for a Bogey’ (with Corin Sworn and Ciara Philips), Glasgow, Scotland
The Royal Standard, ‘Elephants at The Royal Standard’, Liverpool, England
Travelling Gallery, ‘Draw in’, Scotland [travelled to various locations in Scotland]

2010 Le Quartier Centre d'Art Contemporain, ‘Air de jeux’ (with Corin Sworn and Ciara Philips), Quimper, France
Mary Mary, ‘Interference with twigs’, Glasgow, Scotland
Temporary Space, ‘The Show in the Shoe’, cur. Jim Lambie, Glasgow, Scotland
The Glue Factory, ‘Kiss of death’, Glasgow, Scotland

2009 Messe Basel, ‘Swiss Art Award’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal), Basel, Switzerland
APS Artnews project + Twinspace, ‘Set up and go’, cur. John Calcutt and Graham Ramsay, Berlin, Germany
Arsenic, ‘The Complete World History of Terrorism as it is Known Today + Solution’ (with Shelly Nadashi and Kate V Robertson), [travelled to: Festival Les Urbaines, Lausanne, Switzerland, Plateaux Festival Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany]
Project Room, ‘Gazing Ball’, Glasgow, Scotland
Tramway, ‘MFA Show’, Glasgow, Scotland

2008 Galerie Analix, ‘Fertiles differences’, Geneva, Switzerland
Kunsthaus Langenthal, ‘Unter < 30’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal), Ligenthalle, Switzerland
The Royal Scottish Academy, ‘Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition’, Edinburgh, Scotland

2007 Centre Pasquart, ‘Unter < 30’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stèphane Devidal), Bienne, Switzerland
Docks, ‘Les Urbaines’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal), Lausanne, Switzerland
Ford, ‘Blakadama’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal), Geneva, Switzerland
Ford, ‘OB zine’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal), Geneva, Switzerland
Ford, ‘Wunder stanza’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stèphane Devidal), Geneva, Switzerland
Messe Basel, ‘Swiss Art Award’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal), Basel, Switzerland

2006 Circuit, ‘Mini golf’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stèphane Devidal), Lausanne, Switzerland
Espace Bellevaux, Lausanne, Switzerland
Espace Bellevaux, ‘Blakam madame 2’ (with Charlotte Herzig and Stèphane Devidal), Lausanne, Switzerland
Kunsthalle Basel, ‘Viper Basel’, Basel, Switzerland

2005 La Rusille, ‘Elle procure des plaisirs qui n’ont rien à voir avec le plaisir de se gratter’, Vallorbe, Switzerland
Goethe Institut, ‘Swiss Videolandscape Today | lopped sensations’, Kyoto, Japan [travelled to: Park Tower Hall, Tokyo, Japan]

2004 Arsenic, ‘Cinquième partie’, Lausanne, Switzerland

2003 Centro Cultural Conde Duque, ‘MediaSpace Suiza’, Madrid
Kunsthalle Basel, ‘Viper Basel’, Basel, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, ‘Désire Design’, Lausanne, Switzerland

2002 Plug.in, ‘Viper 22 replay 2’, Basel, Switzerland

Public & Special Projects

2017 Jupiter Artland, ‘Cafe Party’, Edinburgh, Scotland

Bibliography

Monographs

2019 M WOODS, ‘Nicolas Party: Arches’, Beijing: M WOODS, 2019 (exh. cat.)

2014 Galerie Gregor Staiger, ‘Pastel’, Zurich: Galerie Gregor Staiger, 2014 (exh. cat.)

2011 Pearce, Naomi, ‘Nicolas Party’ Glasgow: The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd., 2011 (exh. cat.)

Publications

2017 Curiger, Bice, Deliss, Clémentine, Katz, Flora + [et. al.], ‘La Vie simple – Simplement la vie, Songs of Alienation’, Arles: Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, 2017 (exh. cat.)

2016 Schwabsky, Barry, ‘Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting’, London/ New York: Phaidon Press, 2016

2015 Koestenbaum, Wayne, ‘Feelings: Soft Art’, New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2015

2013 Kunstzentrum Glasgow, Neues Museum, ‘/prospekt/ Funktion / Dysfunktion’, Nürnberg: Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2013 (exh. cat.)

Press

2019 Loos, Ted, ‘Artist Nicolas Party Revives the Language of Pastel’, on: www.culturedmag.com, 17 March 2019, ill.

2018 Kazanjian, Dodie, ‘Party Time’, in: Vogue US, June 2018, ill.
___, ‘Glasgow International festival of art to open’, on: www.bbc.com/news, 19 April 2018, ill.
Casavecchia, Barbara, ‘As far as the eye can see’, in: L'Officiel Art, Issue 3, April 2018, ill.
Mackovic, Sinisa, ‘Nicolas Party’, in: Apartemento Magazine, Barcelona, Issue 21, April 2019, ill.

2017 Provenzi, Romina, ‘Nicolas Party: Oxford, Revisited’, on: https://elephant.art/, 4 December 2017, ill.
Party, Nicolas and Subotnick, Ali, ‘The First Form of Art’, in: Parkett Magazine, Zürich, Issue 100/101, November 2017, ill.
McGrath, Charles, ‘The Met’s Dinner That Never Ends’, on: www.newyorker.com, New York, 9 October 2017

2016 Florian, Federico, ‘Nicolas Party at The Modern Institute’, on: www.curamagazine.com, November 2016, ill.
Hatfull, Nicholas, ‘Nicolas Party “Three Cats” at The Modern Institute, Glasgow’, in: Mousse Magazine, Issue 55, Milan, October - November 2016, ill.

2015 McCrory, Sarah, ‘Best of 2015’, in: Artforum, New York, vol. 54, no. 4, December 2015, ill.
Wine, Jesse and Party, Nicolas, ‘Apples and Pairs’, in: Frieze Magazine, no. 175, November 2015, ill.
Sherwin, Skye, ‘Nicolas Party. Six Pack’, on: www.wmagazine.com, November 2015, ill.
Vitorelli, Rita, ‘Interview Nicolas Party’, in: Spike Art Quarterly, Issue 44, June 2015, ill.
Clark, Robert, ‘Nicolas Party’, on: www.theguardian.com, 9 May 2015
___, ‘Nicolas Party: Boys And Pastel, Inverleith Gallery, Edinburgh’, on: www.heraldscotland.com, Glasglow, 9 May 2015
Akel, Joseph, ‘At the Independent Fair, Art Not Quite on the Margin’, in: T Magazine, New York, 6 March 2015, ill.
Chu, Christie, ‘Youthful, Edgy Independent Art Fair Looms Large in the Art World’, on: www.artnet.com, New York, 6 March 2015, ill.
Cotter, Holland, ‘Independent Art Fair Combines Less Is More and Growth’, on: www.nytimes.com, New York, 5 March 2015, ill.

2013 Lack, Jessica, ‘Party Coloured’, on: www.worldofinteriors.co.uk/, December 2013
Sharratt, Chris, ‘Nicolas Party: Strange Fruits’, in: Frieze Magazine, Berlin, Issue 12, 4 November 2013, ill.
Halpern, Clara, ‘Daily Servings: The Art World‘s Food Pyramid’, in: Modern Painters Magazine, New York, October 2013
Sharratt, Chris, ‘Reviews: Nicolas Party’, on: www.frieze.com, Issue 156, 15 June 2013
___, ‘Nicolas Party at The Modern Institute’, on: www.contemporaryartdaily.com, 15 May 2013, ill.
___,‘Exhibitions’, in: Mousse Magazine, Milan, 8 May 2013
Mansfield, Susan, ‘Art Reviews’, on: www.scotsman.com, Edinburgh, 25 April 2013
Eldbrook, Laura, ‘Nicolas Party. Still Life oil paintings and Landscape watercolours’ on: www.we-find-wildness.com, Basel, 22 April 2013, ill.
___,‘"HERstories" at Bonner Kunstverein’, on: www.contemporaryartdaily.com, 21 April 2013, ill.
Benmakhlouf, Adam, ‘Art Review’, on: www.theskinny.co.uk/, Edinburgh, 19 April 2013
Patience, Jan, ‘Gallery round-up’, on: www.heraldscotland.com, 13 April 2013
Patience, Jan, ‘An arty Party’, on: www.dailyrecord.co.uk, 12 April 2013
Herbert, Martin, ‘Now See This’, ArtReview, London, April 2013
Schneider, Karen B., ‘Art of the Advisor’, in: Artful Living Magazine, Minneapolis, 2013
___, ‘24 Artists to Watch’, in: Modern Painters Magazine, New York, December 2012
Hoberman, Mara, ‘Five Questions for Nicolas Party’, in: Swiss Institute, Issue 1, April 2012, ill.
Halperin, Julia, ‘From a Watermelon Rock to a Resin Bong, the Trippiest Works at the 2012 Independent Fair’, on: www.blouinartinfo.com, 8 March 2012

2012 Katsof, Alhena, ‘Meet Nicolas Party’, in: Kaleidoscope Magazine, Milan, 05 December 2012, ill.

2011 Calcutt, John, ‘Emerging: Nicolas Party’, on: www.mapmagazine.co.uk, Glasglow, Issue 25, July 2011
___, ‘Nicolas Party ‘Dinner for 24 Elephants’ at The Modern Institute, Glasgow’, on: www.moussemagazine.it, Milan, 26 September 2011, ill.
C. V.,‘Still Wasser‘, on: Art Collector Magazine, Sydney, 2011

2010 Edbrook, Laura, 'A Space on Stage: The Dinner Party’, in: New Work Scotland Programme, Issue 7, Glasglow, 8 August 2010, ill.
Lammer, Elise, ‘Sweetgeranium’, in: Novembre Magazine, Issue 2, Falll/Winter 2010, ill.

Selected Images

Installation view, ‘Polychrome,’ The Modern Institute, Osborne Street, Glasgow

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