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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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  • The Pain of Memories

    The Pain of Memories

    $5,000

    This unique work of art titled ‘the pain of memories’ is exceptional in its own way as it artistically brings to life the emotions invoked by memories. Featuring a portrait of a beautiful muse, the creator goes on to reveal the pain she holds within from experiences accumulated from former times.

    Filling her mind with pain and anguish, the viewer can witness how these powerful emotions are unleashed from within and is gradually washed away with time.

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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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  • Seeing with Mind’s ..

    Seeing with Mind’s ..

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    The reality in most cases goes beyond what meets the eye, and this amazing creation invites the viewer to see not only with the eyes, but look beyond and use one’s imagination to see with the mind’s eye.

    With a smear of color covering the muse’s eyes, the creator beautifully symbolizes the mind’s eye and demonstrates the various colors of the world which become visible when viewed with an open mind, a reminder to the viewer to do the same.

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  • Elina

    Elina

    $5,500

    Oozing of glamour and pride, this amazing work of art based on the enigmatic beauty Elina is most certainly a perfect addition to any indoor space. The importance of self-admiration is perfectly conveyed as the creator demonstrates his mastery of color and ability to artistically bring out the level of confidence the beauty holds.

    Be captivated by this glamourous beauty as she gazes over her shoulder acknowledging the admiration she receives from the audience.

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  • What Dies Inside Us While..

    What Dies Inside Us While..

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    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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  • 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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  • When Blindness is in the ..

    When Blindness is in the ..

    $3,600

    Blindness is not merely the loss of sight; more often than not, we find us all suffering from blindness in the mind. This hinders our ability to see the truth and results in a point of view which is perceived after viewing through a predefined filter.

    ‘Do not allow your mind to be inflicted by such blindness’ is the powerful message conveyed by the creator as he invites the viewer to open one’s mind and see the beauty of the world.

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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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  • Sea ‘n’ Sun I

    Sea ‘n’ Sun I

    $2,000

    Through this beautiful creation set on a rich blue background, the creator invites the viewer to envision the beauty of the ocean at sunset. This work of art takes on two forms, where in one dimension the natural scene unfolds before the viewer’s eyes.

    On the other hand, the creator uses sharp outlines to bring to life the viewer himself as an observer within the realms of the canvas to understand the feeling of witnessing the setting in real life.

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  • A Life Without Mental Ima..

    A Life Without Mental Ima..

    $4,000

    What would life be if we lacked imagination, vivid thoughts that add color and bring out unseen images from the otherwise ordinary. This mesmerizing oil painting brings out the beauty of these mental images and invites the viewer to explore what the world would be like with and without these mental images that color our lives in various ways.

    A unique work of art, this creation will be perfect as a décor option which bears a deep meaning worthy of much admiration.

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  • Antje

    Antje

    $6,500

    Prepare yourself to feel intrigued by the curiosity displayed by this beautiful damsel. This creation comes alive with a splash of multicolored tones which represent the various thoughts which run through her wandering mind.

    As your eyes meet with her piercing gaze, you too will feel the power of enchantment which leads you to wonder as to what depths one’s inquisitiveness can drive you to explore the various aspects of what lies before your eyes.

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  • Sea ‘n’ Sun III

    Sea ‘n’ Sun III

    $2,000

    There is nothing more beautiful and captivating as the moment when the horizon engulfs the blazing sun as it sinks into the still blue waters of the ocean.

    With this amazing creation you would be fortunate to feast your eyes on this amazing view every single day as you make this part of your home or office décor. A unique and picturesque work of art, it will most certainly gain much admiration from all those who pass by.

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  • Girl with Unfinished Tatt..

    Girl with Unfinished Tatt..

    $3,800

    A vivid expression of art, this creation is perfect for those of you who are in search of a unique statement piece. Featuring a young lass with a multitude of tattoos covering her body, the creator entices the viewer to see beyond what meets the eye.

    The unique color choice represents the youthful nature of life and the unfinished tattoos of the young lady demonstrate how her life will continue to evolve with time, with each experience leaving a mark that will change her forever.

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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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  • 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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  • Elina II

    Elina II

    $7,000

    Feel the passion and energy of this mesmerizing creation as our talented creator explores a modern approach to portraiture. Featuring the beautiful Elina, the creator brings out the fire she holds within, and through this illustration colored in fiery tones of mainly orange and red, allows her energy to exude to the surrounding area.

    Invite the element of fire to your home or office space as you make this invigorating work of art part of your décor.

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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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  • Sea ‘n’ Sun II

    Sea ‘n’ Sun II

    $2,000

    Our talented creator brings to life the beauty of his muse as she bathes in the calm waters of the cool ocean. The rich shades of the still blue waters are enhanced by the golden rays of the sun setting behind her.

    Place yourself in the best position to enjoy the mesmerizing view of this scene as you make this creation part of your living room décor, a perfect way to unwind after facing the trials of a busy day.

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  • Krystal Blue

    Krystal Blue

    $8,000

    A beautiful statement piece that will blend in well against any backdrop, this creation titled ‘Kristal Blue’ is a unique creation which takes the viewer to a state of deep contemplation.

    The creator demonstrates his ability not only deliver an intricate portrait, but also brings out the deep emotions within the mind of his muse. The strategically placed splashes of blue give this amazing creation a mystical appearance which will intrigue the viewer even further.

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  • Memory of Guilt

    Memory of Guilt

    $5,000

    Guilt has a way of weighing a person down no matter how long it has been held within. This is the concept brought to life by this bold and captivating creation where the creator illustrates the impact memories of guilt have on his beautiful muse.

    Her facial expression speaks a thousand words as her piercing gaze fixed directly at the viewer expresses how she yearns to release this burden from her mind and finally find freedom from this onerous load.

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