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

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

Kathi Olivas:

above: The Spectator

above left: Regenerate; above right: Girl with Cat

above: conjoined rabbit boys

above left: upside down boy; above right: boy with braces

above: Bird sculptures by Kathi Olivas

Mark Ryden:

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

Will Cotton:

above: CROQUEMBOUCHE, 2010, oil on linen, 54 x 39 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery

above: KATY, 2010, oil on linen, 34 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery

above: RIBBON CANDY PORTRAIT, 2008, oil on linen, 36 x 32 inches

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)

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:

Party Hat Sculptures

Sarah Troper:

above: Party Hats, 2007. steel, elastic cord, 11.5cm x 10cm x 16cm (each)

Kate Mitchell:

above: Social Sculpture, 29kg Party Hat, 2011, Lead, archival quality watercolour paper, 26 cm x 9 cm radius
Amanda Louise Spayd:


above: little mixed media handmade creatures (dustbunnies) donning party hats

Darla Jackson
limited edition sculptures (also available in bronze)

above: Surprise Party (Birds), 2009,Gypsum Cement, 4”h x 5”w x 5”d
above: Surprise Party (Crow), 2009, Gypsum Cement, 6”h x 5”w x 12”d
above: Surprise Party (Rabbit), 2009, Gypsum Cement, 9”h x 6”w x 12”d
above: Surprise Party (Cat), 2009, Gypsum Cement, 15”h x 20”w x 14”d
above: Surprise Party (Raccoon), 2009, Polyurethane Resin, 14”h x 18”w x 12”d
above: Surprise Party (Fawn), 2009, Polyurethane Resin, 16”h x 18”w x 8”d
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:

above: handmade dolls and skellies, complete with party hats

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

above: Algorithm Dunce Ghost Baby, low fire clay, 11″ x 4.5″ x 3.5″ (28 x 11 x 9.5 cm).

above: Mulligan, low fire clay, 14″h x 6″w x 6″ d (35.5cm x 15cm x 15cm)

Jeffrey Augustine Songco:

above: Party Hats, 2011, cotton and paper in locked case 6″ x 4″ x 4″ (15cm x 10cm x 10cm), edition of 83

above: party hat installation, 2011

Kimberley Henessey:

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

above: BANG! parade of fools , art installation, mixed media, 2009

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



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:


buy them here

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


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!

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