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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Guess Who? - Artist Phillip Colbert

Myself and Hannah (my sister from another mister) went over the Gazelli Art House the other day to view the latest collection by Phillip Colbert. Introducing “GUESS WHO?” a series of Portraits of Mickey Mouse by renowned pop artist Philip Colbert.

'Colbert, known for his witty and humorous pop paintings and sculptures, also founded and runs the cult pop art fashion label The Rodnik Band. Described by Andre Leon Talley as “the Godson of Andy Warhol”, Philip Colbert has collaborated with Disney to create a series of portraits inspired by Mickey’s iconic Pop status. Philip joins an impressive list of leading contemporary artists who have also been inspired by the cartoon icon in the past, including Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstien, Joyce Pensato and KAWS to name a few.

“Everyone knows what Mickey Mouse looks like, I wanted to playfully hide his image and present symbolic everyday objects that engage the power of his image with a refined pop narrative. I liked the Idea that Mickey, the King of POP, offers the viewer a silvery platter to gauge the symbolic power of everyday thoughtful symbols that he holds, they are easily accessible and humorous yet profound.” – Philip Colbert.'
I got invited along after being sent a press release from the gallery itself. It was free to look around so I thought why not go and take a look at some art with my chummy! Hannah is a massive Disney fan too so I thought she'd like it. I didn't really know what to expect and the gallery itself didn't appear very big from the outside.
Look how cute we are when we're being tourists! 
The collection was quite small but of what there was, the creations were actually really unique and interesting to study. I'm not a massive fan of contemporary art as some of it doesn't really seem to hold much meaning to me. However, the familiar colours of Mickey which appeared throughout the artwork definitely channelled towards my inner child. Colbert was actually commissioned by Disney themselves to create these pieces, which to me is a pretty awesome thing to have accomplished as an artist. The pictures had been created with what looked like sequins and they seemed to glisten as you walked from one to the other.

'A large, embroidery on canvas portrait from the series will be unveiled at Somerset House as part of the Disney Exhibition running form the 25th April to the 1st May. The full series will then be shown from the 3 - 7 May at Gazelli Art House.

Contemporary art gallery Gazelli Art House supports and presents a wide range of international artists, presenting a broad and critically acclaimed program of exhibitions to a diverse audience through international exhibition spaces in London and Baku. Gazelli Art House was founded in 2003 in Baku, Azerbaijan where it held exhibitions with Azeri artists. From 2010, having hosted conceptually interlinked off-site exhibitions across London, founder and Director of Gazelli Art House, Mila Askarova, opened a permanent space on Dover Street, London in March 2012. That same year, Window Project launched utilising the frontage of the gallery as additional display platform. In 2015, the initiative was remodelled to solely accommodate art school graduates through open call competitions three times a year. As part of Gazelli Art House’s on-going commitment to art education, the gallery hosts a series of events and talks to run alongside each exhibition.'
So unfortunately at the time of writing this, the exhibition is now over but I'm very privileged to have seen such a witty and creative collection with a much loved icon of mine, Hannah's and I'm sure, everyone's childhood.

For more information on Gazelli Art House, click here and to get to know the artist Phillip Colbert more, click here.






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