Philip Colbert

Biography

Living and working in London. Colbert is known for his multi-disciplinary approach, creating a “World of Art” working across Sculpture, painting, Clothing and Performance to create a unique contemporary voice.

He is known for his bold sequin embroidery paintings and sculptures and for having created the world renowned design brand THE RODNIK BAND. Described by Andre Leon Talley as “the Godson of Andy Warhol.”

Philip Colbert’s strong use of colour and abstraction of iconic imagery place his work within an engaging dialogue with the contemporary post pop art movement. Like his Pop Art predecessors, he employs distilled compelling symbols of mass culture and re-contextualizes them in his life to create a provocative, multi-disciplinary satirical language of his own.

Colbert conceives the 1950s American kitchen aesthetic as the foundation of ‘Pop’ and distills it with his own playful response to important icons and symbols, such as meat imagery, prominent in the work of Soutine and Francis Bacon, and the iconic image of Fried eggs which Colbert describes as “mini Mondrian’s with irreverent humour”. In doing so, he creates a dialogue with established ideas and works of the past. He ironically pastiches this imagery, playing on the notion that their repetition and overuse over the years have rendered them ultimate icons of pop culture.

“I am interested in art of the everyday. I am inspired by everyday symbols that can unlock profound meaning, I want to wallpaper my life with these symbols, from my suits, cars and interiors, for me LIFE and living is the ultimate essence of art”

Colbert has exhibited in Fairs, Museum’s and Galleries worldwide, such as:  Miami Basil, the Van Gogh Museum, the Design Exchange in Canada, and in the recent World Goes POP show at TATE Modern.

Exhibitions

2016   Fried Egg World, Art16, London, UK

2016   Guess Who?, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

2015   The World Goes Pop, Tate Modern, London, UK

2015   Art Miami, Miami Basil

2015   Inspired, Van Gough Museum, Holland

2015   Het Noordbrabants Museum, Holland

2015   New Now, Phillips, London

2015   New Now, Phillips, London

2014   Sequin Pop, Gazelli Art House, London, UK