Philip Colbert- Journey to the Lobster Planet


2022.11.19 - 2023.09.03
Karuizawa New Art Museum
Room1 - Room 6 on the second floor
Open Hours
Open Hours : 10:00~17:00

* Enter by 30 minutes before close 
*If a Monday falls on a national holiday the following day is a holiday.
Please refer to the announcement.
Ticket: General admission: ¥2000,
High school and university students: ¥1000,
Primary and secondary students: ¥500,
* ¥200 discount from above fees for groups over 20 people
* Preschool children, Disabled : Free, discount for an attendant (half of above fees)
Contact Information
Karuizawa New Art Museum
Tel. 0267-46-8691
Exhibition Section

About the Exhibition

This is the first major exhibition of British artist Philip Colbert (b. 1979) in Japan.
Colbert has created a global following for his cartoon lobster persona and his masterful hyper pop aesthetic. His practice is not limited to painting and sculpture, but also includes digital works, fashion, music, furniture, and performance art. His work is defined by a playful pop style, and powerfully explores the patterns of contemporary digital culture and its relationship to a deeper art historical dialogue. Colbert's "Lobster" alter ego serves as a guide to art history.
With reference to pop symbols, Colbert recycles these icons as a costume for the lobster, demonstrating art’s ability to constantly reinvent the art canon. Through the veneer of pop, colour, and humour, Colbert pushes the limits of self-representation in a society of hyper consumption, uplifting this gruelling activity beyond the self. In his NFT works and his digital space Lobsteropolis in the Metaverse, Colbert explores the re-birth of a more digital orientated era for humanity, and the defining role art plays in such times– a fascination that persists throughout his practice.

This is an opportunity to see a cutting-edge and colorful exhibition that you won't find anywhere else in the world.

◇Exhibition views taken by 360°camera from here

◇Video of balloon production by drone from here

◇Press release from here

◇Video of the exhibition from here

◇Work list from here

Further information about the exhibition from the following Lobster Cactus.

ーHighlights of this exhibition-

1.A urinal? Sunflower? The lobster wearing appears! The lobster was a guide to art history❣
2.The lobster as an avatar of the artist himself
3.Great artists gathered there! A look at historical paintings that also reflect today's society!
4.From 20cm lobster figures in formation to huge paintings of nearly 7 metres and digital NFT works.

Please note that above!


Museum exhibition guided tour with the artist on December 3rd, 2022
To know how was going this event : From
Performer : Philip Colbert
Date/time : December 3rd (Sat.)15:00~


Lobster Fountain , 2020, Oil and acrylic on shaped canvas, 275.0 ×245.0 ×5㎝ 



Philip Colbert
1979 Born in Scotland, England in 1979.
2003 Graduated with MA in Philosophy from St. Andrews University.
   Lives and works in London.

Selected Exhibitions
2014 "Sequin Pop," Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2015 "The World Goes Pop," Tate Modern, London, UK
2015 "Inspired," Van Gogh Museum, The Netherlands
2016 "Guess Who" Space Gallery, Saint Barthélemy, France
2016 " Fried Egg World," Art 16, London, UK
2017 "New Paintings," Saatchi Gallery , London, UK
2019 "Lobsterland in Hong Kong" Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2021 "Lobsteropolis in Taipei" Whitestone Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2022 The Lobster Empire, Via Veneto & Musei di San Salvatore in Lauro, Rome, Italy
2022 Dream of the Lobster, The Page Gallery, Seoul, Korea
and other numerous exhibitions


Philip Colbert, Dark Hunt Triptych, 2018, Oil and acrylic canvases, 270x585x4.5cm

Philip Colbert, Lobster Cactus, 2020, Oil and acrylic on shaped canvas, 304×258×5㎝

Philip Colbert, Lobster Flower, 2021, Painted stainless steel, 220 x 175 x 97 cm


Karuizawa New Art Museum


NEW ART HOLDINGS Inc.,Whitestone Inc. 


Philip Colbert Studio


Nagano Prefecture, Town of Karuizawa, Shinano Mainichi Shimbun Daily Newspaper