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Kos Cos Explains The Rationale Behind His Latest ‘Shape of a Thought’ Collection

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

Sep 11, 2020 | By Julia Roxan

Paul Smith searching for his lucky rabbits while travelling to Nottingham, Oil on Canvas, 120x90cm

Born in Sri Lanka into an artistic family, Kos Cos began drawing and painting at an early age. Having spent much of his childhood in his father’s agency workshop, Kos Cos mastered the art of hand-drawn signage and brush strokes. Through living and working in Hong Kong, the artist utilized advertising and film to begin incorporating photography into his portraiture. Drawn specifically toward the complexities of emotion and the human face, Kos Cos’s use of vividly-coloured brush strokes are anything but traditional, aiming to convey movement and energy to create dynamic and engaging pieces.

Kos Cos Explains The Rationale Behind His Latest ‘Shape of a Thought’ Collection

Girl walking through a field of sunflowers on a sunny day. Oil on Canvas, 90x90cm

His latest collection, ‘Shape of a thought’, showcases the interrelationship between forms and colours, thus creating an aesthetic experience which engages sights and emotions. As there are limited scientific data to truly understand the formation of our thoughts, no one really knows what it looks like, it’s colour, size, weight, shape or where they originate from. Therefore Kos Cos concludes that, “thoughts emerge from neural processes”, subconsciously shaping our everyday lives and impacting our future.

When Kanye West realised God was using him to show off, Oil on Canvas, 90x90cm

Through depicting these mental illusions in a cylindrical or spherical way, comparable to a spinning top of a UFO, the artist utilizes a vibrant colour scheme to differentiate each passing thought as one interacts with their surroundings, “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… In a way, it’s not 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.”

For more information, Kos Cos is contactable through his website and Instagram page.

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