For New Year’s Eve, The Party Hat In Art. 40 Festive Examples.

Party Hats in Art

With New Year’s Eve tonight and a new year of birthdays coming up, I was inspired by the notion of ‘Party Hats’ and wanted to see what was out there in terms of fine art that incorporated the classic pointed hat. I was not disappointed and I hope you won’t be either.

The Party Hat In Art

So, in honor of New Year’s Eve, here’s a round up of 16 contemporary artists and sculptors who have made various works of art in which the party hat appears. I took a few liberties in the sense that some included are dunce caps and Will Cotton’s are edible creations rendered in paint – I hope you don’t mind.

Party Hat Paintings

Jeff Koons
koons_party_hat
above: Jeff Koons, ‘Party Hat’, 1995-97, oil on canvas, 114 3/8 x 127

Kathi Olivas:
kath olivas
above: The Spectator
kathi olivas paintings
above left: Regenerate; above right: Girl with Cat
kathi olivas
above: conjoined rabbit boys
kathi olivas paintings
above left: upside down boy; above right: boy with braces
bird sculptures by Kathi Olivas
above: Bird sculptures by Kathi Olivas

Mark Ryden:
Jajo, Patron Saint of Clowns by Mark Ryden
above: Jajo, Patron Saint of Clowns, 1994, Oil on Panel, 15″ x 20″ and detail

Will Cotton:
will cotton
above: CROQUEMBOUCHE, 2010, oil on linen, 54 x 39 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery
Will Cotton portrait of Katy Perry
above: KATY, 2010, oil on linen, 34 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery
painting by will cotton
above: RIBBON CANDY PORTRAIT, 2008, oil on linen, 36 x 32 inches
will cotton, painting
above: COTTON CANDY HANNAH, 2009, oil on linen, 47 x 32 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery

Matthew Feyld: (whose work is now much more abstract and quite different than these)
artwork by Matthew Feyld
above left: Untitled (Grey Shirt Party Hat), Acrylic on wood panel; above right:Untitled (Party Hat and sword)

Custom 6″ x6″ Dog Party oil paintings:

dog party oil paintings

Party Hat Sculptures

Sarah Troper:
sarah troper, metal party hats
above: Party Hats, 2007. steel, elastic cord, 11.5cm x 10cm x 16cm (each)

Kate Mitchell:
Kate Mitchel cement party hat
above: Social Sculpture, 29kg Party Hat, 2011, Lead, archival quality watercolour paper, 26 cm x 9 cm radius
Amanda Louise Spayd:
sculptures by Amanda Louise Spayd
by Amanda Louise Spayd
above: little mixed media handmade creatures (dustbunnies) donning party hats

Darla Jackson
limited edition sculptures (also available in bronze)
Darla Jackson, crows in party hats
above: Surprise Party (Birds), 2009,Gypsum Cement, 4”h x 5”w x 5”dDarla Jackson, surprise party
above: Surprise Party (Crow), 2009, Gypsum Cement, 6”h x 5”w x 12”dDarla Jackson, bunny in party hat
above: Surprise Party (Rabbit), 2009, Gypsum Cement, 9”h x 6”w x 12”dDarla Jackson, cat in party hat
above: Surprise Party (Cat), 2009, Gypsum Cement, 15”h x 20”w x 14”dDarla Jackson, racoon in party hat
above: Surprise Party (Raccoon), 2009, Polyurethane Resin, 14”h x 18”w x 12”ddarla jackson, deer in party hat
above: Surprise Party (Fawn), 2009, Polyurethane Resin, 16”h x 18”w x 8”dDarla Jackson, shark in party hat
above: Fish out of Water…, 2008, Mixed Media, 24″h x 72″w x 36″d her etsy store

Cart Before The Horse – Contemporary folk art by Dylan and Jo:
Cart Before The Horse Folk Art
above: handmade dolls and skellies, complete with party hats

Flora Art Studio:
Flora Art Studio
above: Chimerical Six Series, low fire clay, 12″h x 6″w x 6″ d (30.5cm x 15cm x 15cm), each sold separately
Flora Art Studio
above: Algorithm Dunce Ghost Baby, low fire clay, 11″ x 4.5″ x 3.5″ (28 x 11 x 9.5 cm).
mulligan by Flora Studio
above: Mulligan, low fire clay, 14″h x 6″w x 6″ d (35.5cm x 15cm x 15cm)

Jeffrey Augustine Songco:
Jeffrey Augustine Songco party hats
above: Party Hats, 2011, cotton and paper in locked case 6″ x 4″ x 4″ (15cm x 10cm x 10cm), edition of 83
Jeffrey Augustine Songco, party hats
above: party hat installation, 2011

Kimberley Henessey:
Kimberley Henessey installation
above: BANG! parade of fools (detail) , art installation, foam and paper, 2009
Kimberley Henessey installation
above: BANG! parade of fools , art installation, mixed media, 2009

Jackie Mock:
Jackie Mock
above: Pigeon, 2010, taxidermy pigeon with party hat constructed of paper, yarn, and acrylic paint

Kristin Mariano:
Redshift leather and feather party hats by Kristin Mariano
Kristin Mariano leather party hats
leather party hats by Kristin Mariano
Kristin Mariano
above: Selling in sets of three at Rick Owen’s New York store were these wonderful back leather party hats and white feather party hats. You can now purchase the leather one here

And some Party Hat links for you:

There’s even a “Keep Calm” poster available of which you can customize the color:

buy it here, no longer available

Ugly Dolls party hats by David Horvath:
david horvath ugly dolls party hat
Ugly Dolls Party Hats
buy them here

…and the prettiest party hats you can buy. Bejeweled party hats by Sereni and Shentel:
Sereni and Shentel party hats

party hat headbands
No longer available as hats, they now sell them on headbands as hair accessories here

and lastly, an easy to follow tutorial to make your own.

Happy New Year!