Gallery: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Artist(s): Ryuji Tanaka
Opening / Event Date: 19 Oct, 2019
Closing / End Date: 1 Feb, 2020
Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present “Lobster Land”, Philip Colbert’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Born in Scotland and living and working in London, Colbert has created a global following for his cartoon 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 University of St Andrews, Colbert’s work has received international acclaim in museums and galleries worldwide for his energetic and refreshing approach to painting and pop theory. Inspired by early Pop painters such as Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein 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 cartoon Lobster alter ego. Colbert is often hailed as the “godson of Andy Warhol” and has been championed as a contemporary pop master by prominent art world figures such as Charles Saatchi and Simon De Pury.
Colbert’s seminal NEW PAINTINGS & HUNT PAINTINGS exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery in 2017 and 2018 showed his transition into epic large scale works on canvas, and has led to a series of museum shows worldwide.
“I am really excited to be doing my first solo show in Hong Kong with Whitestone. Over the last few years I have been so inspired to spend time here”, says Colbert. “The paintings and sculptures in the show are from a new series of Lobster Land hunt paintings I have been working on, where I have developed a new hyper real abstract aesthetic and this is the first exhibition of these new works”.
Opening Reception: 23 May 2019, 6-8 pm
The artist will be present.