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The drunk


The drunk Painting

Kos Cos

Hong Kong

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 35.4 W x 35.4 H x 0.8 D in

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Announcements that Elon Musk's Neuralink company is developing a brain-computer interface inspired my seventh collection. Neuralink’s plan is to access the human brain via a tiny hole. This small hole would allow a small chip and its associated wiring to be implanted into the brain. The chip will get power from and communicate with wireless hardware located behind the ear, much like a cochlear implant. Despite claims of the positive effect on humanity that such technology could bring, my response was: “This has to be a joke!” (especially since Musk had previously warned against the threat of artificial intelligence). To me, the idea of a brain implant that would allow us to connect directly to the internet at all times is a joke on humanity – and this is the theme that I explore in my collection. In “Glitches of the Future”, I envision an unsettling future in which humans lose their humanity as they “merge” with artificial intelligence. I portrayed tech-enabled humans as “jokers”, ridiculous in their need to be online 24/7. With information fed straight to their brains, it made me think perhaps they do not need eyes or ears, or a mouth even – in fact, they could be people without any senses. Paintings in the series ask of the viewer: How would such humans function in their relationships with other people, nature and pets in the future? Depicted living in a colourful world but connected permanently to the internet, to show how disconnected they are from their surroundings and those around them, I used “glitchy” effects to show them fading away from other people, or disconnecting from nature. Whether they are with their partner, their pet or alone, I want to show how their attention is directed within. Having surrendered their feelings and faculties to A.I, with the potential to malfunction like a computer, the images suggest that they are the glitches of the future.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:35.4 W x 35.4 H x 0.8 D in

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The human face had been a great subject with my early work because of the complexity and continuous changes with mood. Also, when we meet someone, we look at their face to read their emotions and to understand their personality. Therefore, my artistic career started as a contemporary portrait artist. I knew I had to go beyond just being a portrait artist to make the mark in the art world. That's where I started to push my limits by experimenting with my techniques and subjects. As a catalyst of covid, I started a recent spinning head series to escape from my complications during the epidemic. Consequently, I translated my thoughts brought up by isolation, not being able to travel and social distance into vividly colourful, spinning abstract spaceships in the shape of a human face. This helps me develop my own unique style, reflecting my love for colours and portraits in highly abstract language. In this new style, I'm hoping to give my viewers a feeling of boldness, creativity and belief in their higher self, through colours. In all of my latest works, spinning plays a significant role in addition to being very colourful. Of course, this spin can be interpreted in various ways according to the viewer's perspective, but the real question is, what does it mean to me? The answer is that most of us choose to run away from our problems. Instead of running, I decided to spin. Some might say I'm not brave enough to face the realities, but spinning is not running away from problems; it's just the way of facing the situation without letting all those regrets, losses, and sorrow get into my head. This spinning is my way of contemplating consciousness or simply "watching the mind". In Buddhism, we call it "Cittanupassana". Now it has grown inside me; to face reality without letting all the negativity that life brings into my head. It almost works like a protective shield. So Keep On Spinning, spin faster, don't let grief catch you. Keep On spinning has become me, as I have become it, as Kos. With this new artistic language, I'm confidently applying it to canvases, sculptures and NFT's. I was born in Sri Lanka into an artistic family. I began drawing and painting at an early age. In the golden age of outdoor advertising, where they made hand-drawn billboards and signage, my father's outdoor advertising agency was my playground filled with paints, brushes and painters who painted those billboards.

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