Nicolas Party (b. 1980, Lausanne, Switzerland) works across a wide range of different media. He is working with RxART on a major installation for the Operating Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Party created a limited-edition print exclusively for RxART on the occasion of the 2019 PARTY honoring the artist.
Primarily known for his color-saturated paintings and murals, he also makes painted sculptures, pastels, installations, prints and drawings, and works as a curator. Party often paints portraits and still lifes of everyday objects, which he strips of all extraneous detail. The challenge is to capture the essence of these subjects in new and revelatory ways, and in so doing to heighten their physical and emotional resonance. 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 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. Party’s recent solo exhibitions include Le Consortium, Dijon, France; MASI Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland; M WOODS, Beijing (2018-2019); Magritte Museum, Brussels (2018); Modern Art, Oxford (2017); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2017); Palazzo Antinori, Florence (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas (2016); CAN: Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel (2016); Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2015). He lives and works in Brussels and New York.