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Each of the artists on the panel is included in the exhibition Nicolas Party: Pastel, on view at The FLAG Art Foundation through February 15, 2020.
Drawing inspiration from personal experience and referencing art historical precedents, Louis Fratino makes paintings, drawings, and sculptures of the male body. His work includes portraits, nudes, and intimate scenes of male couples engaged in activities ranging from the mundane to the graphically sexual. The result is a body of work that is a loving and honest expression of the contemporary gay experience. With great attention to surface and color, features such as an earlobe, belly button, body hair, or the curves and planes of the body are accentuated and stylized in his work, complimenting the sensual appeal of his subject. Born in 1993, in Annapolis, MD, Fratino received his BFA in Painting with concentration in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Nudissima, Antoine Levi, Paris, 2019 (solo); Come Softly to Me, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY, 2019 (solo); Night and Day, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2018 (solo); Nicolas Party: Pastel, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY, 2019 (group); Creative Pride, The National Arts Club, New York, NY, 2019 (group); Youth and Beauty!, MAN Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro, 2018 (group); and Matisse + Fratino, Cabinet Printemps, Düsseldorf, 2018 (group). He is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting, Berlin (2015-16) and a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, Norfolk, CT in 2014. Fratino lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Loie Hollowell (b. 1983, Woodland, CA) is recognized for her paintings that evoke bodily landscapes and sacred iconography, using geometric shapes to move a figure or its actions into abstraction. Her work explores themes of sexuality, often through allusions to the human form with an emphasis on women’s bodies. An investigation of autobiography became evident in Hollowell’s early work, which explored the use of gradient staining techniques on cotton supports as a metaphor for intimate spaces-meditations on sleep and bodily fluids. These canvases evolved into figurative painting, introducing female nudes as subject matter as well as the use of reflection and mirroring. Her subsequent work exhibited a shift toward abstraction, characterized by radiating silhouettes and a pulsating color palette. With its strong colors, varied textures, and geometrical symmetry, Hollowell’s practice is situated in lineage with the work of the Transcendental Painting Group (1938-41), Georgia O’Keeffe, Gulam Rasool Santosh, and Judy Chicago.
Nicolas Party (b. 1980, Lausanne, Switzerland) is an artist living and working in Brussels, Belgium, and New York, NY. Party earned a BA in Fine Art at the Lausanne School of Art, in 2004, and an MA at The Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom, in 2009. Party’s recent solo exhibitions include Grotto, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (2019); Arches, M WOODS, Beijing, China (2018-2019); Magritte Parti, Magritte Museum, Brussels (2018); Nicolas Party: Speakers, Modern Art, Oxford, United Kingdom (2017); Sunrise, Sunset, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2017); among others. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Nightfall; curated by Erika Verzutti, Fernanda Brenner and Milovan Farronato, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2019); The Biennial of Painting, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2018); SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, Parkett @ Nomad St. Moritz, Samedan, Switzerland (2018); You Remind Me of Someone, Frac Lorraine, Metz, France (2018); Pastels du 16e au 21e siècle, Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland (2018); among others. Party has been the subject of reviews and articles in publications including Artforum, artnet, ArtReview, Artspace, Frieze, Mousse Magazine, novembre, The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Billy Sullivan (b. 1946, New York, NY) has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1971. He has been included in such important exhibitions as Nicolas Party: Pastel at The FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2019); Ugo Rondinone’s I Love John Giorno at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015) and White Columns, New York (2017); GLAM! The Performance of Style, Tate Liverpool (2014); Open Windows, Addison Gallery of American Art, curated by Carroll Dunham (2012); Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2012); Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006). His recent solo exhibitions include shows at Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY (2018); Monteverdi Art Gallery, Sarteano, Italy (2016); Ille Arts, Amagansett, New York (2015); Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich (2014); Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich (2014); Nicole Klagsbrun, New York (2012); Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (2011); Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, New York (2010); and Regen Projects, Los Angeles (2008). Sullivan’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Parrish Art Museum, the Norton Museum, the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, and the Denver Art Museum, as well as many other public and private collections. His current solo exhibition, Muses, is on view at kaufmann repetto in Milan through January 2020.
Robin F. Williams (b. 1984, Columbus, OH) utilizes a variety of techniques, including oil, acrylic, airbrush, marbling, and the staining of raw canvas, to create figurative paintings that are at once confounding and familiar. Challenging systemic conventions of representations of women in art history, commercial advertising, and pop culture, Williams refers to her female figures as “zombie nudes”–figures that are sentient, yet ambiguously generated. Earlier this year, Williams presented a series of new paintings that reimagine the coded narratives of American media in With Pleasure at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles. With her west coast debut as well as three solo exhibitions at P·P·O·W, Williams has garnered critical recognition for her contribution to figurative and feminist painting, noting the complexity of her compositions, technical virtuosity, and the psychological depth of her narratives. In her review of Williams’ 2017 exhibition Your Good Taste is Showing, Roberta Smith of The New York Times wrote: “These painting are timely, but they are also enigmatic, off-putting and out there in rewarding ways.” Williams received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally and has been honored as the Josephine Mercy Heathcote Fellow at The MacDowell Colony. She had solo exhibitions at P·P·O·W, New York, NY; Bard College at Simmon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA; and Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY, and will be included in a forthcoming group exhibition opening January 2020 at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY. Additionally, Williams will release a series of monoprints in collaboration with Pace Prints during Art Basel Miami Beach 2019.
Image: Installation view of Nicolas Party: Pastel at The FLAG Art Foundation, 2019. Photography by Steven Probert.