NICK PAGETT HONOURING IBIZA’S CLUB CLASSIC HERITAGE WITH BESPOKE ART

01.05.18

A scene-stealer for its Balearic-Beat coastline and high-octane nightlife, Ibiza is perhaps best known as the world’s premier dance music destination. White Isle resident and clubbing aficionado, Nick Pagett is honouring this heritage through art. By Rosa Dominguez

A thumping baseline is the ubiquitous heartbeat of life on the vibrant island of Ibiza, a sun-kissed getaway that has morphed from its bohemian roots into an extravagant, wild-spirited party Mecca.

Disco fiends, celebrities and party hungry revellers arrive in droves over the summer to be swept up in the island’s outrageous party culture and to bake on its warm sands. But while the pristine coastline and stunning panoramic views continue to draw an ever more cosmopolitan crowd, it’s the vintage vibe and soul-seeking heritage that have honed its true character.

That is certainly the opinion of UK business entrepreneur and White Isle resident, Nick Pagett, who has set up his own art business to help spread a little island nostalgia wherever you happen to be. First visiting in 2006, Nick was immediately hooked and soon set up a late-night food emporium for the leading nightclubs on the island, including Amnesia, DC10, Eden, El Divino and the Zoo Project.

“I’ve travelled to 65 countries but there’s nowhere that tugs at the heart strings quite like Ibiza,” says Nick. “There’s such a diverse music range, so much going on for people of all ages, tastes and persuasions.

“During the 50s, the island saw the likes of Denholm Elliot, Diana Rigg, Terry Thomas and a gaggle of young aristocrats take up residence. When Laurie Olivier pulled up in 1965, Ibiza’s reputation as the cool crew’s hangout was sealed.

“It was these trailblazing non-conformists who paved the way for the flower children of the late 60s. From the hippies in the 70s at Benirras, through to the different genres of Acid House in the late 80s, the raves, famous DJs, the debauchery of Manumission, the golden era of Ibiza and the iconic clubs, there has always been something special for everyone here, whatever type of let-your-hair-down party you’re in to.”

After purchasing his first home on the island in 2016, Nick found himself perusing art galleries and shops looking for pieces to adorn his white walls but came up empty.

He says: “The island has such a vibrant history. I couldn’t believe that the artwork available didn’t reflect this colourful heritage.”

This realisation sparked a brainwave, and Nick set about commissioning local artists and sourcing imagery to create bespoke pieces of art that not only tell the story of the island, but also capture the feeling of being there.

“So much has happened on the island and there’s such an intense sense of nostalgia from all the millions of parties, clubbers that have visited over the years,” he explains. “I wanted to use art to recreate that vibe, to give people a way of bringing that vitality and life into their homes.”

Nick teamed up with long-time friend and art enthusiast, Aaron Pope, and started work on creating a series of authentic paintings using local talented artists. This has since become his latest business venture, DJ Art Ibiza.

“We have put huge efforts into sourcing nostalgic images and creating paintings that stir your emotions and bring back the feelings and memories you have of your time clubbing here, whether it be a great DJ, a chilled sunset, queuing outside a club or the atmosphere of a wild party,” he says.

“We’re collaborating with five keynote island artists who specialize in different genres, including the renowned Karina Danchu and Carlos Genicio. It’s a show-stopping collection that’s already attracting attention not just from island residents and clubbing fans but art collectors seeking something a little different.”

The work features well-known DJs David Guetta, Tiesto and Carl Cox, as well as iconic clubs like Pacha and Space. There are also paintings from memorable parties throughout history, ideal for a vibrant space, and even island landscapes, for a more holistic addition to the home.

Original works of art are available for sale, as well as high-quality canvas prints in various ‘ready-to-go’ sizes. Private commissions are also undertaken.

Adds Nick: “Nowhere captures the clubbing scene with such clued-up originality as Ibiza. Yet for such a tiny island - it’s culturally sophisticated and outrageously picturesque too. Depicting its multiple personalities on canvas is a true privilege.”

To find out more visit www.DJ-ART-IBIZA.com, email nickpagett@dj-art-ibiza.com or see exhibitions at various beach clubs over the island this summer.

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