Charlotte Colbert


Language, psychoanalysis, sociopolitical constructions of gender and identity are at the heart of Charlotte Colberts practice. Spanning film, photography, ceramic and sculpture, she questions narrative structures and storytelling, weaving surreal and fantastical mise en scene in a documenterian approach to character figures and people. Fiction becomes a way to approach the truth and the most intimate emotions.

Charlotte has been described as a surrealist maker of breathing sculptures. Her anthropomorphic, moving image sculptures comprise multiple TV screens built into corten steel apparatus, examining the relationship between technology and the human body. They have been described as ‘contemprary mobiles’ by AnotherMagazine, ‘cyborgian post apolyptic and tender with a soothing sense of a familial and palpable human presence, fascinating, hypnotic and intimate.

Colbert’s 170kg, 11 screen, 21st century reinterpretation of Lucian Freuds iconic 1995 painting ‘Benefit Supervisor Sleeping’ of Sue Tilley, was built to invert the male gaze in which it was originally depicted through. ‘I like the idea of turning the tables and subverting the male gaze. Sue is now looking at us.’ (Colbert in conversation with Art Daily)

Colbert’s recent ceramic series continues the play with the inversion and subversion of the inside and the outside. Bodily functions and reproductive organs are reimagined through baby pink lacquered and flocked ceramic sculptures of viral cells, breasts and stomachs. In works like Motherhood (2018), Yoni (2018) and Fallopia (2019), female reproductive organs are reimagined under a soft pink hue, as Colbert strikes a material dialogue which shifts our perception of our own physicality and DNA.


2018: Benefit Supervisor Sleeping, Unit9

2016: Ordinary Madness, Gazelli Art House

2014/15: In and Out of Space, public Project , 90-94 Piccadilly, London UK

2014: Studies, Brun Fine Art

2013: A Day At Home, Gazelli Art House

2011: Stornoway, Wilmotte and Tristan Hoare Gallery, Lichfield Studios


2019: Fibra, Post-Institute Von Goetz

2018: Through The Looking Glass, Cob Gallery

2018: The Silent Man screening,
            CRAC OCCITANIE Centre régional d’art contemporain

2018: 21st Century Women, curators Fru Tholstrup and Jane Neal.

2018: V&A Museum of Childhood

2018: Mademoiselle, CRAC OCCITANIE Centre régional d’art contemporain

2018: Wandsworth Road, ArtNight London, Philip’s and Haywards Gallery

2017: The Body Issue, Now Gallery, Greenwich

2017: Emerging Artist, at Coutts Bank on the Strand

2017: Exhibition,The Arts Club, Dover street, London

2017: Baku, Azerbaijan, Gazelli Art House 

2017: Modern Penelope Collective, Palm Tree Gallery, Alteria Art

2017: Art Night with ArtNight London, Philip’s and Whitechapel Gallery
2017: From Selfie to Self-Expression, Saatchi Gallery

2017: Pop, Hong Kong.

2017: Toute Seule, Gazelli Art House, with Nancy Spero,
          Elizabeth Murray, Rachel Whiteread, Rebecca Allen

2017: House of Penelope, Gallery 46 with Becky Allen, Charlotte Colbert,
          Adeline de Monseignat, Camilla Emson, Nancy Fouts, Eloise Van
          Heyden, Alice Anderson, Miriam Austin, Bea Bonafini, Ines de Bordas,
          Soojin Kang, Radhika Khimji, Romana Londi, Mariana Mauricio,
          Walter & Zoniel

2016: Made in Britain, Sotheby’s 

2016: Daydreaming with Stanely Kubrick, June- August 2016,
          Somerset House. Curated by James Lavelle and James Putnam. 

2015: Art Barter, Art Licks

2014: DOM, Gazelli Art House

2012: Art Barter at Subway Gallery

2010: Farsetti Arte, Milan


2018: Photo London, Somerset House
2016: Photo London, Somerset House
2015: Photo London, Somerset House
2014: Art Basel Hong Kong
2014: Istanbul Art Fair


For Frieze Art Fair - In and Out Of Space was displayed on the façade of 90-94 Piccadilly and Cambridge House. The series was commissioned to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 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).


2018: FIBRA, Colombia