Philip Colbert: New Paintings

3 October – 22 October 2017





Philip Colbert expands his pop universe with his inaugural solo show of large scale paintings presented by Gazelli Art House at the Saatchi Gallery during Frieze London, starting 3 October, 2017.

Colbert's boisterous multi-disciplinary art projects have been acclaimed by fashion icons such as Karl Lagerfeld and Lady Gaga and featured in pop up exhibitions worldwide at Art Basel, Frieze London, Art 16 and Tate Modern.

Previously described by American Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley as “the godson of Andy Warhol”, Colbert presents eight, large-scale oil on canvas paintings bursting with contemporary culture and art history references. Conceived as a dialogue between the artist and his pop forefathers, the paintings trace Colbert's autobiographical journey within his unique creative landscape.

Colbert brings pop back to British painting with a bang, transporting historical icons alongside today’s celebrities and motifs. The artist’s visual set of references include Salvador Dali’s lobster telephone, Lichtenstein’s hot dog, David Hockney’s swimming pool, Francis Bacon’s distorted portrait, Man Ray’s ball bearings, William Shakespeare with a pint in hand and Grayson Perry as his alter ego Claire.

These figures are juxtaposed against a visual vocabulary of mass culture, Tesco signs, emojis, umbrellas, Cornflakes boxes, jars of Golden Shred Marmalade and mugs of builder’s tea and biscuits. Central to each composition is Colbert’s trademark lobster who narrates these epic works.

Throughout his practice Colbert plays to our fears as much as our hopes, by highlighting the influence of social media on our daily lives and addressing political concerns and global issues such as climate change.


About Philip Colbert


Colbert’s punk-pop journey began via his studio collective, the Rodnik Band, and his first show with Gazelli Art House in 2014 explored the synthesis of fashion and art. Subsequent shows include ‘The World Goes Pop’ at the Tate Modern (London), ‘Inspired’ at the Van Gough Museum (Holland) and Het Noordbrabants Museum (Holland). ‘New Now’ at Phillips (London) and ‘Sequin Pop’ at The Library Club (London) and Gazelli Art House. In 2016, Colbert exhibited ‘GUESS WHO?’ at Space SBH, St Barts, Gazelli Art House and Somerset House and included in ART16 and Art Miami art fairs.

Colbert is well known across fashion, home furnishings and design worlds through his creative collaborations. Working out of his east London studio, he has produced limited edition Duchamp-inspired urinal dresses and wearable art frocks with sequined tins of Campbell’s Soup cans and bejeweled fried eggs. His works have sold at Dover Street Market in London and Collette in Paris and have been worn by Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne, Anna Della Russo, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora among others. He has produced limited edition works for Disney, Snoopy, Rolex, Smart Car, Absolut. and online retailer Made.com
http://gazelliarthouse.com/artist/philip-colbert/biography/


About Gazelli Art House


Contemporary gallery Gazelli Art House supports a wide range of international artists, presenting a broad and critically acclaimed programme of exhibitions to a diverse audience through global public projects and exhibition spaces in London and Baku. Gazelli Art House was founded in 2003 in Baku, Azerbaijan where it held exhibitions with Azeri artists. From 2010, having hosted conceptually interlinked off-site exhibitions across London, Founder and Director Mila Askarova opened a permanent space on Dover Street, London in March 2012. The same year, the Window Project was launched utilising the frontage of the gallery as additional display platform. In 2015, the initiative was remodeled to solely accommodate art school graduates through open call competitions three times a year. As part of the gallery’s on-going commitment to art education, a series of events and talks are organised to run alongside each exhibition. In 2015, the gallery launched its Digital Art House www.gazell.io, an online residency for artists working in the digital realm.
www.gazelliarthouse.com


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