De Pury + Colbert Collab at Saatchi Gallery pop up

by Corrine Ciani

Famed Saatchi Gallery London has a their first pop-up gallery in LA for the next month, taking over the former Taschen Gallery space on Beverly, where they will be showing British artist Philip Colberts Hunt Paintings, presented by Unit London, and part of the Frieze Los Angeles VIP program. The exhibition is the young London-based pop artist’s first solo show in America. Curated by Sacha Craddock, the exhibition will feature a series of large-scale paintings and sculptures, as well as a VR experience, which will allow the audience to immerse themselves with Colbert’s Lobster alter ego in his "World of Art."  Colbert’s multidisciplinary approach, with a focus on oil painting, updates the legacy of pop art collage for the internet age, pushing the boundaries of artistic imagery and immersive experience.

The show will also feature the premiere of a multimedia collaboration titled “Year of the Lobster” between Colbert and renowned art auctioneer Simon de Pury. Presented as a satirical pop song crossed with an art auction, the video co-star’s de Pury and Colbert’s alter ego Lobster. The use of iconic logo riffs, saturation and layering are consistent with Colbert’s paintings and reflects the advanced excesses of art, capitalism & technology and serves as an honest reflection of society today.  

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Like British pop artists before him such as David Hockney and Derek Boshier, Colbert’s work is heavily connected to California and American pop culture, light, and landscape, as seen in the young artist’s surreal hyper pop works, which are highly influenced by the time the he spent in Joshua Tree.

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. Frequently narrated by the distinctive personality of Colbert’s comical lobster alter ego, he states, “I became an artist when I became a lobster.”