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KosCos, a forty-one year old portrait artist from Sri Lanka now living in Hong Kong. A bright student up until advanced level. He took advanced level for maths because he aspired to be an architect. Unfortunately he did not achieve enough points to fulfill his dream and as a result, did not go to university. This did not stop him from trying other things though!
KosCos grew up in Mt. Lavinia, the largest suburb of Colombo which runs along the southern coast. When KosCos was young he would spend most of his weekends playing cricket or beach rugby and on weekdays he would go to his father’s outdoor advertising agency where they did all the hand painted billboards and shop signs, this turned out to be his first art school. KosCos would sit and watch people painting and drawing, quietly waiting for his father to leave, because once he left the workers would ask him to fill out the backgrounds for them, which young KosCos did jubilantly!
From an early age, it was certain that KosCos had a certain gift for drawing, a talent that made everyone green with envy in his art class. It ran in his family, for his father and brother could also draw very well. It was clear that the two boys were carrying their father’s artistic genes. Although his father didn’t encourage the boys to go into his field, when KosCos was eleven, his father sent him to one of his friends to learn political cartoon.
Now KosCos has taken to drawing portraits from the old masters more than anything else! In KosCos’s opinion, portrait and figure drawing became a dying art with the development of photography, so as an art who likes a challenge, he started doing portraits, luckily for him, at the very same time portraiture became a new trend in the world of art. But he never took to doing portraits in the traditional way, it makes him uneasy so he tends to start with very sketchy, patchy strokes to get the essential features of the sitter in a sort of dynamic way. After this, he applies his trademark of crude brush strokes with large, vibrant splashes of colour to create energy and movement in them so that the painting will be more engaging to the viewer. This style is a result of KosCos’s years and years of experimenting, until, finally he was happy with his style and then he started to present his work to the public three years ago.
KosCos has no particular process when it comes to art, it’s all very random. He says that his mind is full of faces that he would love to paint and is constantly looking for these faces in real life because KosCos says he needs real people to add soul into his work. Once he sees someone that draws his artistic eye, usually in a street, pub or at a party, he’ll ask them if they are willing to be a sitter for one of his portraits. Sometimes they agree, but other times they do not. So, in this way fate plays quite a significant hand in deciding who he paints!
KosCos is now living in Hong Kong. This was unplanned and the opportunity came completely out of the blue. One day, he received a call from one of his best friends, who had previously worked in the very same advertising agency as him in Sri Lanka but had moved to Hong Kong in 1996. He asked him if he cared to come and work in Hong Kong. KosCos accepted the offer with open arms and before he knew it, he was packing his bags and on the way to China’s capital, Hong Kong! He started his career as an illustrator and then was promoted to assistant art director. In Hong Kong KosCos’s first job was at a digital media company. He did all the web design and animations so the experience was slightly new for him at the time.
KosCos works in his studio on weekends for seven to eight hours straight during day time, playing music in a loud manner whenever he happens to be alone. When there is an art exhibition coming up, being the dedicated artist that he is, he almost completely cuts off his social life for about five to six months to prepare for exhibitions. Weekends tend to work better for KosCos because he and his muse both work full day time jobs.
KosCos, a forty-one year old portrait artist from Sri Lanka now living in Hong Kong. A bright student up until advanced level. He took advanced level for maths because he aspired to be an architect.