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Colin Christian

United Kingdom 1964

Sculpture, Pop Surrealism

Colin Christian
Colin Christian
United Kingdom
January 13, 2016

Colin Christian is a London-born Pop surrealist/lowbrow sculptor, known for his signature large-scale anime-inspired sculptures. His art is influenced by a Swiss surrealist painter H. R. Giger, old science fiction movies, the leather and bondage cultures, pinup girl aesthetic and ambient electronic music.

Born in London in the swinging 60s, Colin was never a person for school and formal education. Only art classes held his attention. He experienced sleep problems and anxiety when he was very young, and one time the doctor told his mother that it was probably due to an overactive imagination, and suspected that he would be an artist.

Cosplay-themed works

Left Colin Christian - 2001, 2014, Right Colin Christian - Golden Mantis (Star Wars), 2014
Left: Colin Christian – 2001, 2014 / Right: Colin Christian – Golden Mantis (Star Wars), 2014

At the age of 15, the artist left school and lived for a year in Morocco. Upon his return to London at the age of 16, Colin worked at a record music store, later becoming a club DJ playing Goth, Punk, Metal and Electronic music. He also worked as a stage manager for a popular nightclub in the south of England. This was the place where he met his wife Sas, who is also an artist. The duo moved to the United States in 1993 to pursue art as it wasn’t a viable career choice in the UK back then. In 1995, Colin and Sas started a small business Hotbox Inc., making latex clothing for fetish stores.

At the time, Christian did several commercial jobs, and in between he continued to develop and experiment with different materials for his own sculptural work. In 2004, he created Moist As A Snackcake, the first sculpture to include silicone in the design.

In 2010, Christian participated in Art from the New World collective exhibition, hosted by The Bristol Museum. For the occasion, the artist displayed several works, such as Capsules 1,2 and 3, and large-scaled Protean Brightwork and Gia’a sculptures.

Hello Kitty exhibition

Colin Christian - Super Space Titan Kitty, 2014
Colin Christian – Super Space Titan Kitty, 2014

In 2014, Christian’s glittery, pink and white, larger-than-life cyborg space explorer Hello Kitty was featured in Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, an exhibition held at the Japanese American National Museum – JANM.

Teeth, featured in Trypophobia

Colin Christian - Teeth, 2014
Colin Christian – Teeth, 2014

Although he is mostly known for his leggy sculptures with a supermodel or anime-inspired physiques, funky candy colors, and a 60s-pop aesthetic, Colin’s work has recently taken a darker twist. Works showcased in his Trypophobia solo exhibition combine allure and repulsion, exploiting people’s innate discomfort with porous organic matter. The title of the exhibition Trypophobia stands for a pathological fear of objects with irregular patterns of holes. With either a reaction of instant repulsion or a desire to tend the gaping, teeth-filled sores, Colin’s works manage do produce a fantastic juxtaposition of emotions.

He is represented by Stephen Romano Gallery, located in New York.

Colin Christian lives and works in Tampa, Florida.

All images © Colin Christian

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Colin Christian: TrypophobiaStephen Romano Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Colin Christian: CosplayVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYSolo
2014Art on the Edge: The New ContemporaryVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2014NSFW: BodiesVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2014Hello, Pretty, PrettyCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2013Art on the Edge: The New ContemporaryVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2013The Pop Surrealism ShowOpera Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Group ShowStrager Factory Gallery, Albuquerque, NMGroup
2012Fast ForwardInternational Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TXGroup
2012Needful ThingsVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2012Hello, Pretty PrettyCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2011Scope Miami 2011Miami, FLGroup
2011Sas + ColinOpera Gallery, New York, NYDuo
2011BewitchingStranger Factory Gallery, Albuquerque, NMGroup
2010Art on the EdgeVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2010INNER SPACEOpera Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Hi-Fructose 5th Anniversary Group ExhibitionCopro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA USAGroup
2009Three ApplesSanrio Hello Kitty Anniversary show, Tea Room, Los Angeles CAGroup
2009Be FetishOpera Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2008FuroreDorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, ItalyGroup
2008SolarisOpera Gallery, New York, New York, USAGroup
2008Gen Art Vanguard ExhibitionMiami, Florida USAGroup
2008TrangressionLast Rites Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008ClownsCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles CAGroup
2007Gen Art Vanguard ExhibitionArt Basel, Miami, Florida USAGroup
2006We'll Make A Lover Of YouArtCenter, Miami Florida USA.Group
2005Idols Of PerversityBellwether Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2005Looking InThe Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USAGroup
2005Group Show Fuse Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2005Monsters of LowbrowGreco Building, Miami, USAGroup
2005Parallel UniverseArt Basel Miami, USAGroup
2005Culture ShockBuena Vista Building, Miami, Florida USAGroup
2004Parallel UniverseSRX Studios, Art Basel Miami, USA.Group
2004Juxtapoz Group Art ShowFuse Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2004Group ShowHawthorn Gallery, Woodstock, New York, USAGroup
2003Debut ShowL'Art Noir, New Orleans, USAGroup
2002Stickin' it to the ManObjex Art Space, Miami, USAGroup
2002Five Sexy Lovers and RoyGallery Yes, Fort Lauderdale, USAGroup
2001Creep ShowLa Lush Gallery, Miami, USAGroup
2001FusionMuseum of History, Fort Lauderdale, USAGroup
2001Super Summer Valu-ShowGallery Yes, Fort Lauderdale, USAGroup
2000Underground ShowL'Art Noir, Fort Lauderdale, USAGroup
2000When Art and Religion CollideL'Art Noir, Fort Lauderdale, USAGroup