Nicolas Party ‘Pastel et nu’

Installation view, 'Pastel et nu', Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, 2015
Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

The esthetic of the compositions created by Nicolas Party (born in 1980, lives and works in Brussels) is both effective and singular. It blends a contemporary visual culture, originating in graffiti in particular, with classic subjects, still lifes and portraits painted by masters in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For the courtyard gallery, Party has reinterpreted in charcoal Félix Vallotton’s Four Torsos (1916), but has done so as repeated deconstructed motifs. Colored and framed landscapes are superimposed on large nudes depicted from behind. The artist has also worked with the large door that leads to the CCS courtyard, creating a composition that combines the same picture by Vallotton and a face that is characteristic of his own style of painting.