Nicolas Party, ‘Still Life’, 2014, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

Inspired by the still life paintings of Paul Cézanne and the vibrant colors of David Hockney, Nicolas Party constantly recontextualizes the traditional subjects of painting. Party’s work attests to a formal elegance that is blended with a visually arresting color palette. With a background in graffiti art, Party uses painting as an immediate vehicle for self-expression. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Modern Institute, Glasgow and Swiss Institute, New York.

Image rights: Courtesy the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

About Nicolas Party

Swiss artist Nicolas Party, who was the subject of a solo exhibition at Swiss Institute in 2012, is known for applying his bright, graphic patterns onto everything from ceramics to furniture to floors, ceilings, doorways, and walls. Despite the surreal simplicity if his aesthetic, his work exemplifies his philosophy regarding color theory and line. Solo exhibitions include: Trunks and Faces (2014), Westfälischer Kunstverein, Muenster; Landscape (2014), Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway; Pastel (2014), Gregor Staiger, Zurich; Carrot Stairs (2014), David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (Permanent Commission); Still Life oil paintings and Landscape watercolours (2013), The Modern Institute, Osborne Street, Glasgow; and Still Life, Stones and Elephants (2012), Swiss Institute, New York.

Swiss, b. 1980, Switzerland, based in Glasgow, United Kingdom