Edition of 50
130 x 180 cm
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About the edition
Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party 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. Party often paints portraits and still lifes of everyday objects, which he strips of all extraneous detail. Rather than creating faithful depictions from nature, he uses these seemingly innocuous subjects as springboards for an exploration into the art of painting itself.
In this new work, Party has explored his painterly precision, vibrant colour palette and a keen eye for composition for his first ever blanket edition, continuing a long standing art-historical dialogue between representation and abstraction, and observation and the imagination.
Each blanket is made on a hand-loom by master Scottish craftspeople with a rich heritage of knitwear and textile production using natural materials. The double-sided knitting style achieves a design rich finish. The front face of the blanket showcases the artist’s work, whilst a birdseye pattern driven by the knitting style, is achieved on the underside. Each blanket has a noticeably soft handle and luxurious feel.
All our artist’s blankets are machine washable.
About the artist
Nicholas Party (b.1980) lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions include Pastel, FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2019); Nicolas Party at Marble House, Marble House, Newport, RI (2019), Arches, M WOODS, Beijing (2018-2019); Magritte Parti, Magritte Museum, Brussels (2018); Sunrise, Sunset, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2017); Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Pathway, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas (2016); Cimaise, CAN: Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel (2016); Boys and Pastel, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2015). Party participated in the New Work Scotland Programme residency at Studio Voltaire in 2011. Party begins with objects that are familiar to us in our daily lives and reworks them in a way that heightens or exaggerates their presence. Coffee pots, cups, cutlery, geometric shapes, plants and portraits – both human and animal – often appear in his work, which includes painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and curatorial projects. Party’s background as a graffiti artist gives his art both a particular sense of modern design culture and an ability to effortlessly manipulate scale and context.
Party is represented by The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Gregor Staiger, Zurich, Xavier Hufkens, Brussel and Kaufman Repetto, Milan.
Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.
We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.
The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.