BEIJING – Swiss artist Nicolas Party is presenting a color-drenched site-specific body of work at a Beijing gallery.
Party – well-known for his multidisciplinary approach to shows mixing paintings with installations, murals and video that transform gallery spaces beyond recognition – is showcasing his largest solo show in Asia to date at the M WOODS gallery.
“Working across painting, pastel, sculpture, video and installation, Party is renowned for a deep sense of site specificity and temporality in his projects, which often feature hand-painted murals that exist on gallery walls only for the duration of an exhibition,” the gallery said on its website.
“Within these painted environments sit two and three-dimensional works which, through a style and color system unique to the artist, offer a contemporary take on traditional subjects such as still life, portraiture, landscape and the sculptural bust,” the gallery added.
Before going to art school in the 1990s, Party was an active graffiti artist, something that is evident in his work, which leaves few surfaces unpainted with his highly saturated bold designs.
Prior to landing in Beijing, Party created a fascinating dialog with Rene Magritte’s work at the Magritte Museum in Brussels.
Magritte’s work influenced Party on various levels – not least the apparent technical naivety they both project – from the beautiful use of color to create mysterious and captivating canvases to the depiction of seemingly mundane scenes tinged with the comical and surreal.
Perhaps what both artists coincide on is their depiction of the banal – landscapes, trees, portraits – as just that, representations devoid of a higher philosophical meaning, the final product’s beauty is precisely its simplicity and ability to connect with a broad audience.
The exhibition will be on show until Feb. 24.