This December, Philip Colbert presents eight large-scale canvases, narrated by his alter-ego Lobster, in a new exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery. Conceived as a dialogue between himself and his pop forefathers, the paintings reflect on their role as art in popular culture and his own autobiographical journey within this landscape. The canvases, populated with juxtaposing symbols of pop art and mass media, pulsate with energy. But as ever, there's a darker subtext: the pervasive and at times dangerous influence of social media and consumerism on our lives.
'We live in a world of ultra pop saturation, a sort of mega pop world where mass intake of Instagram and social media imagery merges with artistic memory,' says Colbert. 'I am interested in art of the everyday. I am inspired by everyday symbols that can unlock profound meaning, In addition to painting, I want to wallpaper my life with these ideas and symbols, from my suits, cars and interiors. For me, life and living is the ultimate essence of art'
Colbert's world is witty, whimsical and an amalgamation of past and present; his work both nostalgic and pioneering. But most importantly he represents a powerful new voice in pop painting.
|What||Philip Colbert, New Paintings, Saatchi Gallery|
|Where||Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London, SW3 4RY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Sloane Square (underground)|
18 Dec 18 – 15 Jan 19, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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