Charlotte Colbert is a Franco/British artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London. She is best known for her surreal and dark imagery. In addition to her solo shows, and large-scale public displays, her work has been shown at major international fairs such as Hong Kong Basel, Istanbul Art Fair, Miami and Photo-London. Her work has been likened to the surreal work of Toomer, Breton and Dali (Phaidon) and described as “surreal and delicate” (Huffington Post), an “exploration of the human mind” (Vogue) and as “existing in that space dreams and nightmares” (Las Ultimas Noticias).
Colbert’s photographic work is strongly anchored within the language of film and storytelling. Her pictures are mostly conceived as a series, a sequence developed in script format before being shot. Her work has strong philosophical undertones, and often plays on questions of time, space and identity.
“Richly evocative and cinematic, her black-and-white work delves into interior experiences of the mind. She explores the inner and outer spaces our minds occupy and transform, either by fear or fantasy. The subjects of isolation, the self and gender also drive her imagination.” Ultravie
Describing her work as “having strong philosophical undertones” in Vogue, Laura Bailey wrote: “A truly original visual storyteller, her images are hauntingly evocative”. Dorothy Bohm photographer and co-founder of the Photographer’s Gallery in London has written of her “Some photographers take pictures and others make them. Charlotte is most definitely in the second category, her pictures a gateway into her search for meaning and her very special way of seeing.”
Her 2013 show at Gazelli Art House titled A Day At Home was nominated “exhibition of the month” by Black and White Photography Magazine and described in the Huffington Post as “a gateway into dreams”.
In 2014 she was commissioned to do a public display on Piccadilly for the occasion of Frieze Art fair. The series, entitled “In and Out Of Space” rendered affectionate to Stanley Kubrick for the fifteenth anniversary of his death. These were subsequently included in the acclaimed group show “Daydreaming With… Stanley Kubrick” curated by James Lavelle and James Putnam at Somerset House.
Her 2016 solo show Ordinary Madness questioning our relationship to digitalization. “As the fabric of our material and virtual worlds continue to blur — is our own physicality fading into the ether like some of the subjects in Colbert’s double exposure images?” WeHeart
Ordinary Madness, June – July 2016. Gazelli Art House
Studies, October – December 2014. Brun Fine Art & Gazelli Art House
In and Out of Space, October 2014 – January 2015. Public Display on 90 – 94 Piccadilly
A Day At Home, November – December 2013. Gazelli Art House
Stornoway, June-August 2011. Tristan Hoare & Wilmotte Gallery in the Lichfield studios.
May 2016: Photo London, Somerset House
May 2015: Photo London, Somerset House
2014: Art Basel Hong Kong
2014: Istanbul Art Fair
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2017: Toute Seule, Gazelli Art House
2017: Modern Peneloppes, Gallery 46
2016:Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House curated by James Lavelle and James Putnam
2016: Old Vic Theatre Summer Gala
2015: Art Barter, Art Licks
2014: DOM, Gazelli Art House, November 2014 to January 2015
2013: In support of Great Ormond Street Children’s
2013: Tunnel of Love, at One Mayfair, with the British Heart Foundation
2012: Art Barter at Subway Gallery
2012: Vogue Night Out with Gazelli Art House
2012: Tunnel of Love, at Proud Gallery, with the British Heart Foundation
2011: Tunnel of Love, with the British Heart Foundation alongside artists such as Sir Peter Blake and Damian Hirst.
PICCADILLY: For 2014 Frieze Art Fair, Gazelli Art House and yoox.com have displayed Charlotte Colbert’s new photographic series In and Out Of Space on the façade of 90-94 Piccadilly and Cambridge House, the former site of the infamous In and Out Club where the images were shot.The series renders affectionate homage to Stanley Kubrick to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of his death.
The Silent Man, a short film supported by Gazelli Art House and Quad Films staring Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena, Nymphomaniac), Simon Amstell (Nevermind the Buzzcocks, Black Pond), Cillian Murphy (Sunshine, Inception) and Ben Miller (Jonny English).