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REVIEW

  • Zoltan Alexander

nº33 / PHILIP COLBERT / UNIT LONDON / SAATCHI GALLERY / LONDON


Who’s behind UNIT London? Where does this highly inspirational energy come from? UNIT London opens Philip Colbert's exhibition at Saatchi Gallery.




THE RINGMASTERS - DON'T TALK UNLESS YOU ARE A FLAMBOYANT LOBSTER!


"The crown prince of pop art

i-D Magazine


 

Interview by Zoltan Alexander with co-founder of Unit Gallery Joe Kennedy


 

Philip Colbert at Saatchi Gallery / © video by Zoltan Alexander ZOLTAN+MEDIA




During December, Unit gallery ran their show with Jackie Tsai “Reincarnation", opened "Hunt Paintings" by pop artist Philip Colbert at Saatchi, and in a few days, a new show will open at their Hanover Square gallery with Peter Gronquist's "Shape Shifter" in steel, glass and enamel.


But who's behind Unit London? Where does this highly inspirational energy come from?


I invited one of the founders and gallery directors, Joe Kennedy, for a talk. In the meantime, at Saatchi, the opening was a total mind-blow. Instead of the couple of hundred visitors at usual Saatchi openings, over 1000 people turned up with much younger demographics than at any other galleries. The buzz was definitely assured right up to the second floor by Philip Colbert, “The godson of Warhol", the Neo-Pop Surrealist artist who works across different mediums of painting, sculpture, fashion and design. Women and men would kill for his bright lobster suits.

JK “I have always seen the lobster as a key protagonist of surrealism and the lobster character has evolved in my work – they started appearing in my clothing designs and artworks and I started wearing more and more lobster-patterned suits”


Hunt Paintings” is definitely a bold exhibition with an enormous sense of humour. Colbert has a well-founded, precise knowledge of art history, his bold and loud paintings owe a lot to Surrealism and radiate the energy of some of hunt scenes of Rubens. His paintings are vibrant saturation of art history and pop culture in modern society with lot of colours and over-saturated reality.