Philip Colbert’s First NFT work available with SuperRare
Known as the “godson of Andy Warhol” British hyper pop Artist Philip Colbert is celebrated for his masterful hyper pop Paintings and has created a global following for his iconic cartoon Lobster alter ego. He has exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide from Tate Modern, The Saatchi Gallery, to current show at The Modern Art Museum in Shanghai.
Titling the work THE CRYPTOFIXTION, Colbert identifies the role digital ideology is playing in the re-brith of a more digital orientated era for humanity, and the defining role art plays in such times.
As an artist, Colbert has embraced the opportunities for art and technology. His recent show Lobsteropolis at Saatchi Gallery, was the world’s first art show designed for Telepresence Robots. Over the last few years, Colbert has also been building his Virtual Art World Lobster Land where his avatar Lobster Self lives in a further extension of his artistic freedom. He has created Lobster Land computer games and interactive video Projections at his show’s further blurring the boundaries of reality and the creative imagination.
For his first NTF drop, Colbert wanted to pay homage to the ultimate icon and symbol in Art History ‘The Crucifixion’. In his work, he pays subtle homage to an earlier Lobster lover Surrealist Salvador Dali and his use of the Crucifixion. Colbert uses the timeless power of symbolism of this image as an opportunity to explore the ever increasing role technology has in everyday life, and the new dawn of possibilities. “Today we are consumed by technology completely, it’s become a new religion, and as an artist I find myself completely immersed in it, it seemed completely obvious that my creative persona THE LOBSTER should be on the cross of technology”.
I wanted to make the most Iconic Possible work to reflect the ever growing new hyper Digital reality, I spend so much time on my phone that it felt completely natural that my Lobster self is being crucified on the rise of new technology, it without doubt has become our new global religion. and with it a complex dimension in Humanity’s continued struggle for meaning and freedom
EXTENDING THE PHYSICAL INTO THE DIGITAL
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Born in Scotland and living and working in London. Colbert is often referred to 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 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 St. Andrews University, Colbert’s work has received international acclaim in museums and galleries worldwide for his energetic new approach to painting and pop theory. Following on from 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. He has been championed as a contemporary pop master by art world figures such as Charles Saatchi & Simon de Pury.