“LOBSTER LAND is my creative universe where my lobster persona lives in freedom.” — Philip Colbert
Whitestone Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by London-based pop artist Philip Colbert — his first solo exhibition in Taipei. Lobster Land will include the large-scare Hunt paintings and sculptures that collectively reflect the hyper saturation of pop culture and imagery consumption. The exhibition will be on view from February 29 – April 5, 2020, with an opening in the presence of the artist on Saturday, February 29.
PHILIP COLBERT was born in Scotland. He lives and works in London. Graduating from the University of St Andrews, Colbert is inspired by early Pop painters such as Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. The artist explores the patterns of digital culture and its relationship with the art historical dialogue. By crossing high art themes from old master paintings and contemporary art theory with everyday symbols of contemporary culture, his works are narrated through the eyes of the Lobster alter ego. Championed as a contemporary pop master by prominent art world figures such as Charles Saatchi and Simon de Pury, Colbert has collaborated with luxury brands such as Rolex, Montblanc, Christian Louboutin, and COMME des GARÇONS.
Described as “the Godson of Andy Warhol”, Colbert continues the pop art dialogue with his multidisciplinary approach by referring the epic narratives and heroic configurations of the Old Masters, from Reubens to van Dyck, while presenting topical themes around digital media and contemporary consumer imagery. As curator Svetlana Marich notes, “artistic endeavours are quickly copied, co-opted and commodified into superficial faux-cultural entitles which briefly trend before their likes fizzle out and the hive mind of the internet moves onto something new. Colbert’s work not only acknowledges this strange phenomenon, but circumvents it entirely. He inverts the trend, commodifying this fast-paced disregard for imagery and genre into frenetic pop-culture landscape rife with symbolism and satire.”