Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Model Name: Christelle
Limerence is in the nano abstraction that finalizes a whole, and intrusive and obsessive dream; an unstable state.
In KOK’s world, each dot, circle, bubble, or pixel symbolizes the atoms within the microscopic universe, as well as planets and the interstellar system of the cosmos. The paintings reflect the shifting between worlds of the infinitesimally tiny to the infinitely enormous, invoking a dream-like impression for the viewer.
Using primary colors and an extended period of digital experimentation, KOK uses a brush to add the abstract elements like atoms forming a body.
The imagery invokes a metaphor of the complexity of the human being, despite the simplicity of its structure.
As the artist states “This painting is a metaphor. When you look closely, you focus on useless, random elements, and unimportant details. When in fact, you need to take a step back - a very large step back - to understand the whole picture and finally capture the human being behind the canvas.”
Tip: Look at the art piece through your phone’s camera for full visual effect.
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.