Unit London has always been on the move. Starting with pop-ups in West London in 2013, it has gone from strength to strength, moving to Soho and Covent Garden before it settled in its long term base in Hanover Square. Now it has gone back west, this time to King’s Road in Chelsea and the Saatchi Gallery where it has taken over spaces on the top floor with the largest exhibition yet of London pop-artist Philip Colbert who, by good fortune, has already exhibited in group shows at both galleries.
Against a backcloth of white walls emblazoned in black graphics, celebrating 21st century iconic brands that define modern culture along with Colbet’s own name, Colbert’s inflatable hero battles in the Hunt Paintings, like Don Quixote, through a myriad of encounters with images that define artists such as Dali, Van Gogh, Picasso, Degas and Francis Bacon, modern popular icons such as Adidas and Lacoste and the modern technological world of mobile phones, smiley faces and computer errors. By sheer coincidence, images of demonstrators and flames against the dark sky have a synergy with recent events in Paris. His trademark lobsters are here, but appear superficial in comparison to the rich narrative that runs through each of his paintings
As with Don Quixote, the question remains – Who is our hero hunting?