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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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  • 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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  • The Jade Moon

    The Jade Moon

    $3,300

    Bask in the energy of the Jade moon as you feast your eyes on this mesmerizing creation. Capable of filling its surroundings with its enigmatic energy, this beautiful acrylic boasts of a pleasant color scheme which makes it easy to place against any backdrop.

    The creator goes on to enhance the beauty of this creation as he brings to life motion of his muse as she quietly dances on a starlit night as the crescent moon fills the sky with its radiance.

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  • Rainy Blue

    Rainy Blue

    $7,250

    This dreamy creation titled ‘rainy blue’ will bring much relaxation to its surroundings as it is a work of art capable of imparting tranquility to the all those fortunate enough to lay their eyes on it.

    Enjoy a sense of calm as you gaze at the beauty depicted in this creation who watches the rainfall around her. With time, all your senses will begin to be drawn into this setting as you too begin to feel and hear the refreshing shower pouring down.

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  • Liza

    Liza

    $9,000

    Decorated in the eye-catching hues of mauve and sky blue, a color combination most often chosen by hopeless romantics, this beautiful portrait of the damsel Liza is a unique creation which will transfix the viewer almost immediately.

    The creator brings out the youthful nature of his muse as she casts a playful glance over her shoulder. Beaming with delicate, feminine energy, this creation is a perfect way to breathe new life to the surroundings in which it is placed in.

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  • Time Lengthens as Years P..

    Time Lengthens as Years P..

    $4,500

    Exploring the depths of modern art and creative expression, our talented creator demonstrates his ability to shift across the realms of time to bring to life this amazing creation. Infusing the sense of time passing by the creator envisions how time seems to lengthen as the years go by.

    As you gaze upon this unique creation, you will begin to understand how time passes at its own pace which is beyond one’s control.

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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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  • Butterflies have Flown Aw..

    Butterflies have Flown Aw..

    $3,000

    Recognizing the loss of childlike innocence during the transition to adulthood, this mesmerizing creation titled ‘Butterflies have flown away’ is a work of art worthy of much admiration. The creator demonstrates his mastery of traditional portraiture blended with modern abstract art as he illustrates his muse to near perfection using deep shades and brings out the underlying concept using bright colors.

    Immerse yourself in the mind of the muse as you feel the power of change that takes over her as the butterflies symbolizing innocence fly away.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Natalya

    Natalya

    $6,500

    Natalya, a beauty who holds many strengths, flaws that make her even stronger, and a personality capable of capturing hearts with just one smile. All these charming qualities make this beauty the perfect muse for the creator looking to create a mesmerizing work of art.

    It is truly amazing how the creator uses his mastery of color to convert a monochromatic portrait to a lively celebration of this beauty by adding of splashes of red, blue and yellow.

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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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  • 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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  • Blindness of the MindR..

    Blindness of the MindR..

    $3,000

    Powerful and thought-provoking, this creation examines the impact our thoughts have on our own viewpoint. A monochromatic portrait of the muse takes form against the deep black background as the creator uses vibrant shades of violet and red to bring to life the thoughts housed in her mind.

    As these thoughts grow and become louder, they begin to envelop her entire being, causing blindness of the mind’s eye to see beyond her personal point of view.

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  • Pineapple and the Spider

    Pineapple and the Spider

    $3,800

    Bringing to life the power of fictional art, the creator explores the depths of his creativity through this eye-catching creation titled ‘Pineapple and the Spider’.

    Infused with tropical splendor brought about mainly through the choice of color, this creation will take the viewer to a distant fictional land full of endless possibilities. Invoke the creativity within you as you get trapped in a web of mystery as you gaze upon this mesmerizing creation.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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