b. 1957, lives and works in Milan
© Ilvio Gallo
An expanded painter working between formats, Du Pasquier is open to new possibilities and experimentation, continuously playing with complex arrangements of forms. Her paintings can respectively exist as objects, space, or environments, blurring the distinctions between a work and its inherent structures of display.
Oil on canvas
100 x 150 cm
About the Artist
Nathalie du Pasquier is a painter, graphic artist, and designer. In the 1980s, Du Pasquier was one of the founding members of the Memphis group, which formed around the iconic Ettore Sottsass. During those years, she designed numerous textiles, rugs, objects, and furniture, as well as patterns for other designers' furniture within the group. Her distinctive graphics, resulting from her travels in Africa and Asia in the late 1970s, left a lasting mark on Memphis creations.
When the group disbanded in 1987, she returned to her original medium, painting. Nathalie Du Pasquier's style is immediately recognizable: an explosive and harmonious blend of exuberant patterns and vibrant colors. Her work evokes a sense of travel, African wax prints, with a touch of rock and quirkiness.
Over the past thirty-five years, Du Pasquier has been intrigued by the relationship between objects and the spaces in which they are installed. This ongoing investigation has manifested in paintings, sculptures, designs, patterns, constructions, carpets, books, and ceramics—constantly acting between the representational and non-representational, the tangible and intangible, reality and imagination, and two- and three-dimensional forms.
New objects constantly enrich Du Pasquier’s imaginary and symbolic world and she follows particular, poetic paths to construct and compose forms, sculpt space, and render representation anew. She considers everything that she has done as raw material for future projects - a work that sets its own limits in each instant but at the same time is always ready to escape the frame of any rules, entering into unknown territory.
Collections & Exhibitions
"LE CORBEAU ET LE RENARD", PACE Gallery, London, UK
“CAMPO DI MARTE”, MRAC, Serignan, Francia
“SPEED LIMIT”, Anton Kern gallery, New York
CHEZ EUX”, a cura di Yvon Lambert, Villa Savoye, Poissy, Francia
“ELEMENTI PER PAESAGGI”, Casa Mutina Milano
“CAMPO DI MARTE”, a cura di Luca Lo Pinto, MACRO, Roma
“IL TRENO PER BRESCIA VIAGGIA CON 5 MINUTI DI RITARDO”, galleria Apalazzo, Brescia
“COSTRUZIONI”, galleria Antonia Jannone disegni di architettura, Milano
“Peintures modernes”, Librairie Yvon Lambert, Paris
“LES JEUX DEMAINS”, con Alessandra Spranzi, galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland
“the Strange Order of Things 2 “, Pace Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
“BRICK”- Mutina for Art, a cura di Sarah Cosulich – Fiorano Modenese, Italy
Works on paper, Villa Flor, S-Chanf. Switzerland
“Fair Game Leipzig”, museum of contemporary art, Leipzig, Germany
“manifesto pour les filles du calvaire” Librairie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
“The strange order of things” Pace Gallery, Seoul, Korea
“As the plane was reaching cruising altitude” Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA
And more. Nathalie Du Pasquier has had solo exhibitions since 1987.