The maiden, Kok
Medium: brushed black Indian ink on paper
Size: 49x64cm (with frame
This drawing is a classic portrait exercise in the XIXth century's style. Historically, portrait paintings have primarily memorialized the rich and powerful who were commissioning these artworks. Artists used to hide details at the backgrounds to differentiate their style and subtly express their creativity.
KOK asks his audience “Are you looking at her or is she looking at you?”.
ពីសម័យមុន រូបគំនូរនរណាម្នាក់ គឺបង្ហាញពីការចង់ចាំរូបភាពរបស់អ្នកមានទ្រព្យសម្បត្តិនិង អំណាចខ្លាំង ដែលអាចមានមុខក្នុងរូបគំនូរបាន។ វិចិត្រករតែងតែលាក់បាំងរូបភាពតូចនៅផ្ទៃពីក្រោយ ដើម្បីរំលេចពីស្ទាយនិង ការច្នៃប្រឌិតដែលជារបស់ផ្ទាល់ខ្លួន។
KOK ចង់សួរទៅអ្នកទស្សនាថា «តើអ្នកសម្លឹងមើលនាង ឬនាងសម្លឹងមើលអ្នក?»
About the Artist:
Coming from the 80s and 90s punk rock scene, KOK is a musician and cartoonist trained at the Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux and Les Arts Appliqués de la Gironde.
The all-digital nature of comics no longer allowed him to sell originals, so KOK returned to painting in 2006 and started with a “comic-style”, followed by a conceptual and modern approach to portraiture influenced by female issues and women’s rights.
He has exhibited in France and internationally, most recently at the Institut Francais of Bangkok, Thailand.