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Nicolas Party

Artist Biography

Nicolas Party was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1980 and works across a wide range of different media. Primarily known for his colour-saturated paintings and murals, he also makes painted sculptures, pastels, installations, prints and drawings, and works as a curator.

Rather than creating faithful depictions from nature, he uses these seemingly innocuous subjects as springboards for an exploration into the art of painting itself. His concerns lie, therefore, less in the accurate depiction of nature, and more in its translation and transformation through colour, materials and composition. Painterly precision, a vibrant colour palette and a keen eye for composition coalesce into works that are accessible and seductive but, at the same time, continue a long standing art-historical dialogue between observation and the imagination.

Party is also interested in the power of paint to alter our perception of the built environment and, within a gallery context, how we experience art. To this end, he regularly paints murals, either as stand-alone works or as carefully orchestrated settings for his paintings.

Party lives and works in New York and his work has been exhibited internationally including recent solo exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth, LA (2020), FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2019); M Woods, Beijing (2018-2019); and Magritte Museum, Brussels (2018).