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Kos Cos

Kos Cos
Contemporary Artist

Kosala Gunasinghe a.k.a. 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 practiced 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.

Kos was encouraged to draw and paint from a young age, and after school he would practice in his father’s workshop, who was a creator of hand-painted signs. As an adult, he relocated to Hong Kong where he has worked as a creative director in the advertising and film industries. Kos is drawn to portraiture more than other forms of painting, due to the complex and changeable nature of the human face.

Kos is an artist who enjoys a challenge, avoiding the traditional approach to portraiture. He begins with short strokes to sketch the facial features. Kos then uses crude brushstrokes or throws paint onto the canvas to add dynamic movement and energy to the work. His paintings are characterized by experimental combinations of acrylics, oils and charcoal, and a vivid and bold colour palette.

Kos has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Hong Kong and overseas, and participates in fairs such as the Asia Contemporary Art Show. He has also been shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Arts Prize in London.

 

Solo exhibitions

Life Goes on Within You Without You / Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences – Central, Hong Kong SAR China (2017)

Incomplete Totality / Kliq Art Space – Causeway Bay, Hong Kong SAR China (2017)

Transfigurations / PubArt Gallery – Central, Hong Kong SAR China (2015)

Serene Majesty / PubArt Gallery – Central, Hong Kong SAR China (2014)

The Devil Inside / PubArt Gallery – Central, Hong Kong SAR China (2013)

 

Group exhibitions

UNITY / Hong Kong Visual Art Center – Central, Hong Kong SAR China (2018)

Asia Contemporary Art Show / Conrad Hotel – Admiralty, Hong Kong SAR China (2017)

Asia Contemporary Art Show / Conrad Hotel – Admiralty, Hong Kong SAR China (2016)

Art Rooms London / Meliá White House – London, United Kingdom (2015)

 

Publications

Sunday Times – Sri Lanka- Challenging an ideal (2017)

Expat Living Hong Kong- Art in the City (2017)

Exotiq Thailand- A Face in the Crowd (2016)

Sunday Times – Sri lanka – Refreshing free rein to imagination and creativity (2016)

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  • Where’s My Mind

    Where’s My Mind

    $3,600

    Exploring the struggles of human life, the creator brings to life this priceless work of art titled ‘Where’s my mind’. Overflowing with strong emotions, this monochromatic illustration is energized by the splashes of color representing a burst of emotion which gives the creation its signature style.

    A work of art rousing emotions from within, this creation is perfect to put on display where you can sit back and enjoy its artistic value from a distance.

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  • Outline of your own life ..

    Outline of your own life ..

    $3,000

    Life has a way of shaping one’s destiny in ways you had never imagined, and this creation titled ‘Outlines of your own life lost its sharpness’ explores the indefinite and unpredictable nature of life.

    Remind yourself of how powerless you are, but at the same time, the importance of maintaining your own personal identity when faced with the unknown. Allow this creation to help you reshape outlines in your life so that you can prevent your life from losing clarity and acuity.

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  • Akaka on a Red Sofa

    Akaka on a Red Sofa

    $8,900

    A beauty with her gaze fixed directly at the onlooker serves as the muse for this mesmerizing creation titled ‘Akaka on a Red Sofa’. This beautiful portraiture brought to life through a vibrant blend of color will stand out against any backdrop as it captures the attention of a passerby making it a great décor option for a living space.

    Enjoy the invitation to lounge alongside this beauty as you imagine yourself sitting side by side on this cozy red sofa.

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  • Greta Rogue

    Greta Rogue

    $4,000

    Playful and seductive, the rogue queen Greta is featured in this fascinating watercolor acrylic. Using a fiery color scheme, our talented creator brings to life this enigmatic beauty as she strikes a pose, demonstrating her innate ability to captivate her audience with just one glance.

    Bring in a touch of mystery and glamour to your home or office space when you display this amazing creation and watch how this enchanting beauty will take over the space with her magnetic energy.

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  • The Unsaid Goodbye

    The Unsaid Goodbye

    $4,000

    Exploring the emotions hidden deep within during a painful farewell, this creation titled ‘the unsaid goodbye’ is a perfect statement piece to add to your collection of fine art. Rising from beyond the beauty of the muse is the true nature of the pain causing her due to an unsaid goodbye.

    Serving as a reminder to make sure important words are not left unsaid, this creation is exceptional in terms of artistic value and profound meaning.

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  • Blue Getting Dressed

    Blue Getting Dressed

    $3,600

    Appearance matters, that is why a perfect statement piece should be an essential part of your décor making this beautiful creation titled ‘Blue getting dressed’ a perfect option to add to your collection.

    Capturing an intimate moment as this beauty gets dressed, the viewer will begin to envision the thoughts running through her mind as she prepares herself for the day ahead of her whilst she carries on in the present moment in anticipation of times to come.

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  • In a Dark Place

    In a Dark Place

    $5,000

    We often feel the burden of various issues on our shoulders; weighed down by the constant pressures that take over our minds. This unique work of art explores the impact such thoughts cause on one’s mind ultimately leading the person to a dark place.

    The creator strategically brings out the mental clutter which burdens his muse and the way in which her otherwise beautiful life has become dark and dreary, as she cries out in silence for salvation.

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  • Everything Had Been Diffe..

    Everything Had Been Diffe..

    $4,000

    We all hold memories of years gone by, some happy, some sad. This striking creation titled ‘Everything had been different then’ serves as a tribute to these memories, inviting the viewer to take a moment and go back in time.

    Just as the beautiful muse stands still as mental images of the past play in her mind, watch how your own memories will come to life reminding you of how different things had been then.

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  • Natalya and the Stars

    Natalya and the Stars

    $6,500

    With a smile as bright as a twinkling star, the ever-beautiful Natalya serves as the muse for this mesmerizing work of art. The creator strategically combines traditional portraiture with abstract art to bring to life this amazing creation where he brings out the beauty of his muse which effortlessly surpasses the sparkle of a thousand stars that adorn the night sky.

    Enjoy how this creation will brighten up its surroundings with its radiance and resplendence while on display.

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  • Liza Incomplete

    Liza Incomplete

    $9,000

    Using bold colors, the creator explores the inner feelings of his beautiful muse Liza. Even without outlining her facial features, the creator is capable of bringing out her beauty while at the same time exhibits the emotions she feels as she is exposed to a rather dynamic and fast paced environment.

    Overwhelmed by what’s going on around her, the young lady begins to collapse within herself as she struggles to find completeness, a struggle we all are familiar with.

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  • Self-love

    Self-love

    $3,500

    We often seek love externally, but this mesmerizing creation serves as a reminder of the importance of self-love. With love for oneself comes the deep understanding of the power that lies within, and this mesmerizing creation will captivate the audience with its magnetic energy demonstrated by the level of confidence and comfort felt by the muse who expresses the utmost degree of self-love.

    A perfect décor option for any living space, this intimate work of art will keep you transfixed by its beauty.

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  • Seduced by a Nostalgic Li..

    Seduced by a Nostalgic Li..

    $4,000

    Capable of stirring up bittersweet sentiments, this creation explores the wave of emotions felt by the muse as she is seduced by a nostalgic lie. Whether this lie was one she once articulated or whether it was one fed to her remains a mystery.

    Inviting the viewer to enter a state of deep contemplation, this creation will capture the viewer’s attention immediately and as the eyes of the muse stare deep into the viewer, her expressions will unravel a seductive narrative.

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  • Angie

    Angie

    $9,888

    Colored in rich hues of blue and hints of golden yellow, this captivating creation brings to life a beautiful blue angel named Angie who gazes through the canvas at those who fall under her view.

    A perfect work of art to brighten up your living space, the viewer will be able to enjoy the cool and calm nature of this beauty. Owing to its refreshing nature, this creation is perfectly capable of invigorating its surroundings with fresh energy.

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  • Cigarette and the Book

    Cigarette and the Book

    $5,500

    A unique and captivating work of art, the ‘Cigarette and the Book’ will take the viewer to a world full of smoking secrets. Just as the muse enjoys a smoke while reading through a secret dossier procured from an unidentified source, you too could allow your imagination to run wild as you immerse yourself in this setting.

    Make this creation part of your décor and watch how all who set their eyes on this creation get engulfed in its hidden meaning.

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  • Lucid Dreams I

    Lucid Dreams I

    $3,000

    Bold and energetic in nature, this creation boasts of some of the essential components a statement piece of art is expected to hold. Aside from its unique theme and vibrant splash of colors, this creation is also capable of transfixing its audience due to its fluid nature which will transform itself based on what the viewer wishes to see.

    Be amazed by how this creation will take on different forms every time you set your eyes on it.

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  • Lucid Dreams II

    Lucid Dreams II

    $3,000

    Finding the right balance between imagination and creative expression, this work of art based on a lucid dream is definitely a unique piece any collector of fine art would love to add to their collection.

    Whether it is the use of color or a perfect blend of abstract shapes and definite structures, the creator plays with the mind of the viewer, challenging them to uncover meanings hidden within all what is going on within this colorful creation.

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  • Ayisha

    Ayisha

    $5,500

    A monochromatic portrait of the beautiful muse Ayisha is transformed into a mesmerizing work of art as the creator invites the viewer to look beyond what meets the eye. With her gaze set beyond the immediate boundaries of the canvas, this beauty is captured in a state of deep contemplation as though she was staring straight at destiny.

    Enjoy the irresistible invitation to be transfixed by this enchanting creation as you join Ayisha to envision your own colorful destiny.

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  • Lucid Dreams III

    Lucid Dreams III

    $3,000

    Lucid dreams, the state in which the dreamer is capable of gaining control and is aware that they are dreaming. This serves as the basis for this unique and modernistic work of art where the creator invites viewers to gain control and allow their imagination to mold how the work of art appears before their eyes.

    Due to its captivating and versatile nature, this creation will be a perfect option to place in an area where you entertain guests.

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  • What Dies Inside Us While..

    What Dies Inside Us While..

    $5,000

    While life gives us the opportunity to amass valuable experiences, as time passes by, part of us also dies with it. The piercing gaze of the muse designed to grab the attention of the audience is perfect as it will instantly transfix the onlooker and will then gradually convey this powerful message.

    If you are looking for a work of art that is both unique and bears a meaningful message, this creation will be a perfect option to consider.

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  • Naked Dream

    Naked Dream

    $3,600

    Through this creation titled ‘Naked Dream’ the creator expresses the vulnerable nature of his muse as she drifts away to her dream world. Unable to control the outcome of her dreams, the beauty enjoys the sense of freedom she feels as she explores the unknown in this dreamy state, free from any obstructions and constraints.

    Invite the same sense of freedom and creativity to your home or office space as you place this mesmerizing creation on display.

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