I really like the word “still life”. Something alive, but with no movement. It makes me think of the children’s game, “1, 2, 3 Soleil”, where you need to freeze when a designated player shouts the word “sun!” You need to stay perfectly still, and the player has to observe if anybody is moving, making any signs of life. Everybody is alive; it’s just a game of pretending for a moment that time has simply stopped.

Nicolas Party is a Swiss figurative painter best known for his landscapes, portraits and still lifes. Born in Lausanne in 1980, he was an active graffiti artist in the 1990s prior to attending the Lausanne School of Art from which he graduated in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art as well as the Glasgow School of Art which he graduated with a MA in Fine Art. His graffiti and mural work includes major commissions for the Dallas Museum of Art as well as the Hammer Museum in LA.

 

He has achieved critical acclaim for constantly moving between the extremes in the spectrum of painting. While his paintings and past drawings are linked to the classic genres of landscape, portrait and still life, reminiscent of artists such as Matisse, Picasso or Morandi, his huge wall paintings and murals testify to his background in graffity. 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021 Lockdown Diaries: The soothing effect of Nicolas Party’s still lifes, Pulpo Gallery, Murnau
  • 2021 Nicolas Party, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
  • 2021 Nicolas Party, Museo darte della Svizzera italiana (MASI), Lugano
  • 2020 Sottobosco, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
  • 2019 Pastel, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
  • 2019 Polychrome, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK
  • 2019 Trees, Marciano Art Foundation, LA
  • 2019 Marble Ghosts, Curated by Dodie Kazanjian, Marble House, Newport Mansions
  • 2019 Grotto, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
  • 2018 Arches, M Woods Museum, Beijing
  • 2018 Magritte parti, Magritte Museum, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2018 Heads, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich
  • 2018 Head, The Modern Institute, Airds Lane Green Space, Glasgow
  • 2018 Pietra Dura, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan
  • 2017 Speakers, Modern Art, Oxford
  • 2017 Pastel, Karma, New York
  • 2017 sunrise, sunset, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
  • 2017 Three Seasons, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
  • 2016 Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
  • 2016 Cimaise, CAN: Centre dart Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel
  • 2016 Nicolas Party: Pathway, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
  • 2016 Nicolas Party in the Garden Room, Palazzo Antinori, Florence
  • 2016 Three Cats, The Modern Institute, Glasgow
  • 2016 Mezzotint, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
  • 2015 Snails in Notting Hill, RISE Projects, London (with Jesse Wine) 
  • 2015 Snails Chapel, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan
  • 2015 Panorama, SALTS, Basel
  • 2015 Boys and Pastel, Inverleith House, Edinburgh
  • 2015 Two Naked Women and Snails Chapel, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan 
  • 2015 Pastel et Nu, Centre culturel suisse, Paris
  • 2014 Trunks and Faces, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
  • 2014 Carrot Stairs, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2014 Landscape, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger
  • 2014 Pastel, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich
  • 2013 Still Life Oil Paintings and Landscape Watercolours, The Modern Institute, Glasgow
  • 2013 Cully Jazz, Davel 14, Cully
  • 2012 Salon 94, New York
  • 2012 Still Lifes and Big Naked Women, Gregor Staiger, Zurich
  • 2012 Still Life, Stones and Elephants, Swiss Institute, New York
  • 2011 Charlotte with Stephane Devidal, Doll Espace DArt Contemporain, Lausanne
  • 2011 Still Life, Gold and Peeling Paint, Remap 3, Athens
  • 2011 Dinner for 24 Elephants, Upstairs at The Modern Institute, Glasgow
  • 2011 Elephants at the Woodmill, The Woodmill, London
  • 2010 Teapots and Sausages, Intermedia, Glasgow
  • 2010 Teapots, Bread and Sausages, La Placette, Lausanne
  • 2010 Elephants, spoons and sausage rolls, Le Rez de Chaussee, Glasgow
  • 2010 New Work Scotland, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

 

SELECTED Group EXHIBITIONS

  • 2021 L‘Almanach 20, Le Consortium, Dijon
  • 2021 Hans Emmenegger, Fondation de lHermitage, Lausanne
  • 2020 Jumex Collection: On The Razors Edge, Jumex Foundation, Mexico City
  • 2020 Schall und Rauch- Die Wilden Zwanziger, Kunsthaus Zürich
  • 2020 -a breath? a name?- ways of worldmaking, curated by Adam Budak, Biennale Gherdëina, Val Gardena
  • 2020 (Nothing But) Flowers, Karma, New York
  • 2019 Away in the Hill, GRIMM, New York NY 
  • 2019 Drawn World: Zeichnungen von Menzel Bis Warhol, Galerie Ludorff ,Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2018 Open House, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2018 Vous me rappelez quelquun, FRAC Lorraine, France
  • 2018 The Biennial of Painting, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
  • 2018 Pastels du 16e au 21e siècle, Fondation de lHermitage, Lausanne
  • 2017 La vie simple – Simplement la vie, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles
  • 2017 Wie werden wir uns wiedererkennen, Künstlerhaus Bremen
  • 2016 Olympia, Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris
  • 2016 I still Believe in Miracles, Inverleith House, Edinburgh
  • 2016 These Strangers... Painting and People, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium
  • 2016 Sorcières et escargots, with Jesse Wine, Neuchâtel International Film Festival, Centre dart Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 2016 Surreal, König Galerie, Berlin
  • 2015 STILL-LIFE Remix, Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Cantina del Bargino
  • 2015 Prix Mobilière, artgenève Art Fair, Geneva
  • 2015 Full House, Shanaynay, Paris
  • 2015 Tiger Tiger, Salon 94, New York
  • 2014 Three Elephants Day, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
  • 2014 Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn (Group, 27/06—02/11/2014)
  • 2014 THENnow (curated by Giovanni Carmine & Alexis Vaillant), Miart, Milan
  • 2014 Im so green, Natalia Hug Gallery, Cologne
  • 2013 Ihre Geschichte(n), Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
  • 2013 Funktion / Disfunktion – Kunstzentrum Glasgow, Neues Museum, Nürnberg
  • 2013 Just What Is Not Is Possible – Painting in Space, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • 2013 157 Days of Sunshine, The Bothy Project at the Walled Garden, Glasgow
  • 2012 CARPETS OF DISTINCTION, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
  • 2012 Allez-y, R4, Ile Seguin, Paris
  • 2012 Frieze Projects 2012, Frieze Art Fair, London
  • 2012 Arrives In Starting, The Duchy Gallery (offsite), Glasgow,
  • 2011 Poster Chaud, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
  • 2011 Blueprint for a Bogey, GOMA, Glasgow
  • 2011 Draw in, Travelling Gallery, Scotland
  • 2011 Elephants at The Royal Standard, The Royal Standard, Liverpool
  • 2011 Painting Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
  • 2011 Poster Club, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
  • 2010 Kiss of death, The Glue Factory, Glasgow
  • 2010 The Show in the Shoe, Temporary Space, Glasgow
  • 2010 Air de jeux, Le Quartier Centre dArt Contemporain, Quimper
  • 2010 Interference with twigs, Mary Mary, Glasgow
  • 2009 The Complete World History of Terrorism as it is Known Today + Solution, Plateaux Festival Mousonturm, Frankfurt 
  • 2009 The Complete World History of Terrorism as it is Known Today + Solution, Arsenic, Lausanne 
  • 2009 Gazing Ball, Project Room, Glasgow
  • 2009 MFA Show, Tramway, Glasgow
  • 2009 Set up and go, APS Artnews project + Twinspace, Berlin
  • 2008 Fertiles differences, Galerie Analix, Geneva
  • 2008 Royal Scottish Academy exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh
  • 2008 Swiss Art Award, Messe, Basel
  • 2008 Unter < 30, Kunstalle, Ligenthalle Switzerland
  • 2007 OB zine, Ford, Geneva
  • 2007 Swiss art award, Messe, Basel
  • 2007 Unter < 30, Centre Pasquart, Bienne
  • 2007 Wunder stanza, Ford, Geneva
  • 2007 Blakadama, Ford, Geneva
  • 2007 Les Urbaines, Docks, Lausanne
  • 2006 Espace Bellevaux, Lausanne
  • 2006 Blakam madame 2, Espace Bellevaux, Lausanne
  • 2006 Mini golf, Circuit, Lausanne
  • 2006 Viper Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
  • 2005 Elle procure des plaisirs qui nont rien à voir avec le plaisir de se gratter, La Rusille, Vallorbe
  • 2005 Swiss Videolandscape Today | lopped sensations, Park Tower Hall, Tokyo
  • 2005 Swiss Videolandscape Today | lopped sensations, Goethe-Institute, Kyoto
  • 2004 Cinquième partie, Arsenic, Lausanne
  • 2003 Désire Design, Mudac, Lausanne
  • 2003 MediaSpace Suiza, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid
  • 2003 Viper Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
  • 2002 Viper 22 replay 2, Plug.in, Basel