Philip Colbert 'Hunt Paintings' at Saatchi Gallery
Philip Colbert and his lobster alter ego return to Saatchi Gallery for the artist's largest solo exhibition to date. Colbert, known as ‘the Godson of Andy Warhol’, will exhibit his new epic-scale Hunt Paintings and a series of new sculptures. The show will run over two large galleries and will also include a virtual reality experience in which the audience will be able enter Colbert's fantastical lobster world.
This December, Unit London presents ‘Hunt Paintings’ at Saatchi Gallery, a solo exhibition of new works by London-based pop artist Philip Colbert. Dubbed ‘the Godson of Andy Warhol’ by Andre Leon Talley, Philip Colbert will exhibit his epic new large-scale Hunt Paintings and a series of new sculptures in his largest UK exhibition to date. The exhibition will run over three monumental galleries, including a virtual reality experience which will allow the audience to immerse themselves in Colbert's cartoon world.
Colbert encapsulates the spirit of Pop art in his humorous, colourful, and flamboyant creations. His works have an innovative aesthetic that updates the artistic legacy of Pop art collage for the internet age. The new large-scale vibrant canvases on show at Saatchi Gallery include the monumental Hunt Triptych and Lion Hunt which maintain Colbert’s wildly exuberant style. Inspired by the epic narratives and heroic compositions of the Old Masters, Colbert subverts these familiar structures by threading in a unique dialogue filled with references to our young digital society. His grand compositions are saturated with modern everyday icons, symbols, and motifs and are frequently narrated by the distinctive personality of his comical lobster alter ego, he states, “I became an artist when I became a lobster”.
Philip Colbert’s star has risen at an incredible rate. In a short period, he has created an international following and developed a powerful and prominent painting practice. Full observation of Colbert’s paintings cannot be done with a quick scan. Every nook and crevice is crammed with so much detail that the eye cannot help but to linger, he states “My work is a reflection of the hyper saturation of our culture – iconic images from art history alongside iconic brand images which reflect our crazy ferocious appetite for image consumption.” Colbert’s oil paintings challenge and toy with the viewer’s cultural vocabulary - superimposing commonplace banal objects onto painted faces and merging portraiture with popular culture in a Magritte-like fashion.
Hunt Paintings marks Philip Colbert’s return to Saatchi Gallery after his first painting exhibition was on display there a year and a half ago, he states “I am very excited to be holding my largest painting show to date. Saatchi is an amazing gallery and a brilliant platform for my new large-scale works.” Colbert’s intricate and complex works have garnered international acclaim and media coverage. In August 2018 he participated in Unit London’s iconic Looking For U Group Show, and has since held exhibitions at The Powerlong Museum in Shanghai, China and MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Chengdu, China, Galerie Nichido in Tokyo, Japan and the Kasama Nichido Museum of Art in Kasama, Japan.