ABOUT THE ARTIST
Koos Van der Wat (b. 1985) is a multi-media Artist from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kossy World is the conceptual culmination of his vision to introduce an alternate paradigm to this planet, filled with a new set of cultures and attractions. Through the process of painting, many of the symbols and structures arise that inform this vision. The paintings serve as windows to an intricate quantum reality that exists outside of human perception. Whether on the macroscopic or microscopic level, they are like snapshots of this ever-flowing electromagnetically animated dreamscape.
He is the grandson of the Artist Hannatjie Van der Wat, who has had an influence on his unashamed use of colour and transcendent futuristic outlook, as well as his interest in extra-terrestrial experiences after she gave him her friend Elizabeth Klarer's book 'Beyond the Light Barrier'.
The idea that strange alternate propulsion systems might be possible sparked in him the idea that has eventually led to Kossy World being a destination for mass extra-terrestrial visitation with its own corporate hierarchy and systems to navigate a new civilizational leap into the interstellar domain. His aesthetic intent is to provide tangible experiences from this other world, whether it is walking amongst Super Excellent Silos, wearing a Neptunist pendant or watching a Uranus Televisie blockbuster movie.
He has collaborated and exhibited with many Artists and at competitions such as Sasol New Signatures. In 2018 he completed a residency at Chateau Orquevaux Residency in France. He has also appeared in multiple international commercials and designed the logo for the popular US alternate music channel Artzie Music. As a guitarist he was a fixture in the Gauteng underground rock scene with Havoc Vultures and Black Pimp'n Jesus among many other other projects.