Patricia Low Contemporary is pleased to announce Philip Colbert’s solo exhibition LOBSTER LAND IN GSTAAD.
From his epic Hunt scenes to works which playfully pay tribute to Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon, Colbert’s lobster alter ego is never far away.
Born in Scotland and living and working in London, Colbert has created a global following for his lobster persona and his masterful hyper pop history paintings. His work powerfully explores the patterns of contemporary digital culture and its relationship to a deeper art historical dialogue. “I became an artist when I became a Lobster” says Colbert.
Graduating with an MA in Philosophy from St.Andrews University, Colbert’s work has received international acclaim in museums and galleries worldwide for his energetic new approach to painting and pop theory.
Following on from early pop painters such as Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstien and James Rosenquist, Colbert’s paintings cross high art themes from old master paintings and contemporary art theory with everyday symbols of mass contemporary culture – all narrated through the eyes of Colbert’s Lobster alter ego.
Colbert is often referred to as the “godson of Andy Warhol” and has been championed as a contemporary pop master by art world figures such as Charles Saatchi & Simon de Pury.
Colbert’s seminal NEW PAINTINGS & HUNT PAINTINGS shows at Saatchi Gallery in 2017 & 2018 showed his transition into epic large-scale works on canvas, and has lead to a series of museum shows worldwide.
Infamous British Art critic Edward Lucie-Smith identified Colbert’s Hunt Paintings Show at Saatchi Gallery as a return to the high times of British Art, likening Colbert’s bold energy to the glory days of the YBA movement.
“We live in a world of ultra pop saturation, a sort of mega pop world where mass intake of Instagram and social media imagery define the art of contemporary creation.”
Colbert welcomes the connection with his pop art predecessors. “I believe that pop language is the most powerful form of language today – it connects the world. If people think we were pop in the 60s, I think we are hyper-pop today. We consume more pop culture than ever. These pop themes of the everyday deeply connect with people’s lives and are rich in meaning.”