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Kos walking through a bluebell forest in Belgium (self-portrait)

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Kos walking through a bluebell forest in Belgium (self-portrait)

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Kos Cos

US$ 4,500

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2020

Oil on canvas

Unique Work

Dimensions: 121cm (H) x 90cm (W) x 2cm (D) / 47.6" (H) x 35.4" (W) x 0.8" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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Many artists like to express their thoughts via paintings. However, I thought in the opposite direction for my “Shape of a thought” collection. 

For me, the shape of a thought is a very abstract idea to play with. Subjectively our thoughts come from nowhere: they just pop into our heads; no one really knows what it looks like, it’s colour, size, weight, shape or where they originate from. Objectively, we can say that thoughts emerge from neural processes. Thoughts are the result of interrelationships between forms and colours - they create an aesthetic experience which engages sights and emotions. 

The thoughts we allow into our brain everyday shape our lives and impact our future. They contribute to our behaviours, decisions and therefore our actions, personality and character are based on our thoughts. We become what we think, our thoughts are as unique as our individual profiles. Therefore I created thoughts as the shape of a human profile in a cylindrical or spherical way, almost looking like a spinning top or a UFO. 

Colours also play a major role in this collection as I believe thoughts come in a shape as well as colours. These colours change according to each particular thought. To create this phenomenon, I chose different colour combinations very carefully to convey your thoughts to those scenes. Colours are the tools to imagine what a scene might look like therefore, those combinations offer alternative and subjective interpretations to the viewer. 

It’s an idea based on a story of a thought. For instance “Riding a purple unicorn in a lavender field at dawn”, “Paul Smith searching for his lucky rabbits while travelling to Nottingham”, or “Kos walking through a bluebell forest in Belgium” (which btw, is my first ever self portrait). In a way, it’s more about what we expect a painting to be but the possibilities of what the painting could be if you think about long enough - and that for me, is the coolest aspect of these paintings.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1974

Hometown: Colombo - Sri Lanka

Based in: Hong Kong

Kos was born in Sri Lanka into an artistic family and began drawing and painting at an early age. After school, his playground was his father's agency workshop, where he studied and practised brush skills in the golden age of hand-drawn advertising. In 1999, he moved to Hong Kong, where he has worked in a creative capacity in the film, advertising, and digital advertising industries.

Kos paints in loud and dominant styles, cheap brushes used to apply dripping oils in crude fast brush strokes, experimental combinations of acrylics and charcoal, tropical colour pallets carried to the extreme. From the inspiration he draws on to his choice of subject matter and the materials he uses, Kos's work is a celebration of diversity in every sense.

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