About the piece
The circle is a universal symbol with numerous symbolic undertones: unity, infinity, the sun and moon, the sacred etc. In these works, Kos Cos tries to break established views by contrasting halo-like circles that suggest a sense of ‘virtue’ with other elements such as bared bodies that confront notions of piety. Thus in these paintings, circles have no prescribed meaning other than being mere shapes or props.
About the artist
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