Philip Colbert
"I became an artist when I became a Lobster" — Philip Colbert.

Based in London, Philip Colbert is a British influential contemporary artist born in Scotland in 1979. With a reputation as the "Godson of Andy Warhol", Colbert has created a global following for his cartoon lobster persona and his masterful hyper pop history paintings. His work powerfully explores the pat-terns of contemporary digital culture and its relationship to a deeper art histori-cal dialogue.

Colbert graduated from the University of St. Andrews with an M.A. in Philoso-phy, and his work has received international acclaim in museums and galler-ies worldwide for his energetic new approach to painting and Pop Art theory. Inspired by early Pop painters such as Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist, Colbert's paintings cross high art themes from classi-cal master paintings and contemporary art theory with everyday symbols of contemporary mass society, all narrated through Colbert's alter ego—his car-toon Lobster. 

A self-described Neo-Pop Surrealist, Philip Colbert has been championed by art world figures such as Charles Saatchi & Simon De Pury. Furthermore, Col-bert has also collaborated with luxury brands such as Bentley Motors, Rolex, Montblanc, Christian Louboutin, COMME des GARÇONS, and Adidas.

Colbert's groundbreaking exhibitions of "NEW PAINTINGS" & "HUNT PAINT-INGS" at Saatchi Gallery in 2017 and 2018 showed his transition into epic large-scale narrative canvases, leading to a series of Museum exhibitions worldwide. His achievements have soared to heights, including a captivating installation at the 2022 Venice Biennale. A magnificent inflatable lobster sailed through the Venetian canals, representing his renowned project "The Lob-stars" and conveying his concept of "the precarious state of the natural world and the need to recognise its fragility" to the world.
Creative Statement:

Philip Colbert's cartoon lobster persona takes centre stage in his art, with the vivid red lobster running through much of his work. Colbert loved going to the seaside as a child and always thought that the lobsters there were communicating with him.
With unique flair, Colbert weaves high art themes with everyday symbols of mass contemporary culture, presenting them all through the eyes of his iconic lobster persona – through whom he has tried to push the boundaries of contemporary art. The 5-meter high Mickey Lobster is a collaboration with Disney in celebration of its 100th anniversary, and pays tribute to its classic character.

The Lobster King sculpture by Philip Colbert embodies the artist's signature style of Pop Art. The sculpture stands at over 1.4 meters tall and is made of fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP). Its bright red color and playful, cartoon-like features give it a whimsical feel that is characteristic of Colbert's work. The Lobster King also features various motifs, such as a crown and wearing classic egg suit with a claws-up pose, which add to its regal and commanding presence, while also being approachable. 

The Lobster and Sunflower sculpture by Philip Colbert embodies the artist's signature style of Pop Art. The sculpture stands at over 1.2-meter tall and is made of FRP. Its bright color and playful, cartoon-like features give it a whimsical feel that is characteristic of Colbert's work. Just as Van Gogh's sunflowers represented vitality, passion, and the pursuit of artistic expression, Philip's Lobster and Sunflower interpretation pays tribute to this artistic legacy. 

The Battle Scene series shows Colbert's old master-style Hunt series developing into the sci-fi world of his Lobster Planet. Elevated with a fisheye effect in circular canvas, these works have comic book iconography, where the lobster species battle over the future of the planet. These compositions aim at capturing that tension between the forces which are at the heart of life itself.

The Pompeii series celebrates the origins of lobster mythology, reviving the lobster of Herculaneum and Pompeian mosaics and frescos. Central to this series is the eternal conflict between the lobster, a symbol of mortality, and its arch nemesis, the octopus, seen as a sacred symbol. In these underwater battle scenes, they are caught in the midst of a struggle, initially inspired by a mosaic From the House of the Geometric Mosaics in Pompeii (eruption in 79AD), where a moray eel has joined in the aquatic fight.
Drawing on the rich mythology of ancient Greece and Rome, this body of paintings also references many sea gods such as Pontus, often depicted with crab-claw horns growing out of his head, or Proteus, a shapeshifter commonly portrayed with tentacles. These mythic figures inform each epic battle, where the yin and yang of the lobster-octopus-duo dramatically play out.