Ghislain Brown-Kossi

Ghislain Brown-Kossi

Ghislain Brown-Kossi

Brown-Kossi is creating what appear to be maps, but on closer inspection, viewers will note the shapes are not specific geographical locations. Instead, the abstract map images are symbolic to his own experience of melding cultures in his life. Originally from Leon France, with hertiage from the Ivory Coast, Africa, and now residing in Vancouver,  the artist is increasingly fascinated with the many questions of identity, immigration and ancestry. The term Umoja is from the Kiswahili language spoken in 14 different African countries. In this context, the term directly refers to the imagined maps and translates to “unity”.

Artist Information

Ghislain Brown-Kossi is an abstract painter currently living and working in Vancouver, Canada. After several years working in fashion for a French luxury brand, as a stylist for fashion magazines, and as a costumer for cinema, he dedicated himself to art full-time in 2021.

Ghislain Brown-Kossi is developing an artistic practice that he describes as "archaeological pop art." Through the use of ancient symbols steeped in our contemporary societies, which he combines with pop colors and abstract forms, the artist questions the links between different cultures. He seeks to convey a message of unity and solidarity, inspiring the viewer to understand and experience other cultures, and to reach out to others.

Ghislain Brown-Kossi stages symbols with clean lines and diverse origins such as traditional African symbols and ancient hieroglyphics. He explores archaeological sites to update our understanding of these civilizations—whose symbols are omnipresent in contemporary culture—and to remind our societies of their most ancient origins.
Brown-Kossi's work has been shown in the U.S., Canada, Ivory Coast, and U.K. His artworks are in private collections around the world. He recently had a work selected as part of the Art in Embassies program, an office within the U.S. Department of State that promotes cultural diplomacy through exhibitions and permanent collections.

Brown-Kossi has been represented by Jennifer Kostuik Gallery since 2021.


Ghislain Brown-Kossi

Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

Born: 1983, Lyon, France

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2024     BlackUmoja, Alliance Francaise, Vancouver, BC

2024     UMOJABLACK, Trinity Western University SAMC Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2023     AKWAABA, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2023     Future Artifact II, Dal Schindell Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2023     Future Artifact, French Culture Center, Vancouver, BC

2022     Believe, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2021     Are We Still Together, Port Moody Arts Center, Port Moody, BC

2019     Mindset, Alliance francaise de Vancouver, Vancouver, BC



Selected Group Exhibitions

2023     Symbol System, Gallery Louise Simone Guirandou, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

2022     Deck the Wall, Idaho, USA

2022     Artist Residency, Réseau N.O., Saskatoon, SK

2022     Splash, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2022     25th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2022     Place, Gibson Public Art Gallery, Curated by France Trepanier, Sunshine Coast, BC

2022     Emerging, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC

2021     Art Rich, Richmond Arts Coalition, Richmond, BC

2021     Place, Evergreen Gallery, Curated by France Trepanier, Coquitlam, BC

2021     Non-Essentiel, Studio 17, Vancouver, BC

2021     Spotlight, Federation of Canadian Artists, Granville Island, BC

2020     YacYacTacTac A Virtual Show of Artist Multiples, Vancouver, BC

2020     Place, Two Rivers Gallery, Curated by France Trepanier, Prince George, BC

2019     Bastille Day Festival, Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, BC

2018     Galerie Nomade 1.0, Main Alley Building, Vancouver, BC

2017     Emerging Artists, Roam Gallery, Vancouver, BC


Selected Publications

2023     Archaeological Pop Art, Georgia Straight, CA

2022     L’EXPRESS Magazine, FR

2022     Webouest Magazine, CA

2022     Create! Magazine, Issue 31, Digital

2020     Art Hole Magazine, Art Hole: 10, London, UK


2020     Art Theory, MoMA, NYC, online

Professional Associations

Member Canada Council for the Arts

Member Federation of Canadian Artists

Member Le Collectif, French Visual Artists from British Columbia

Member Port Moody Art Centre

Member Seymour Art Gallery

2023 Georgia Straight

2022  Create! Magazine Issue 31 Article

2020     Art Hole Magazine, Art Hole: 10, London, UK

Yvonne Robert

Yvonne Robert

Yvonne Robert

The often bright and gestural paintings of Yvonne Robert result from an intuitive approach to colour and composition. Her spontaneity of conception and dynamic gesture is void of complex references and their associated meanings. Instead she is steadfast in her commitment to universal concepts of form, mass, proportion, rhythm and structure, which constitute a common thread in her work. Above all, she is motivated by colour.

Art and her environment are all constant sources of inspiration. Importantly, however, when Robert observes her environment, she perceives colour first and foremost – a person’s hair in combination with the colour of their skin and their scarf, an old bike that someone has painted in a creamy light grey with a new brown leather seat; sheep in the pastures, the lake, the sky, the mountains; how different shades of blue interplay with each other and how endless the combinations appear to be.

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Robert also produces figurative paintings, portraits and still life, but other than the influence of her daily environment, she offers no critical meaning, and they are vastly abstracted. Simply put, Robert is concerned with self-reflecting experience and self-analysis. To interpret her work would be erroneous as her subject is self-defined. It is not the thoughts and emotions of the artist that is important, but that of the viewer. Her work does not rely on socio-political rhetoric to lay claims to any form of philosophical discourse. She is concerned with colour, form and composition; and in that order. Her intention is to allow the viewer internal reflection and their unique perspective. After all, it is our individual perception that gives us clarity and a true sense of understanding.

– Excerpt taken from Sascha Gianella, Swiss Curator and Advisor, July 2019

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Artist Information

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Yvonne Robert grew up in Germany and has since moved and spent many years living and working in Zurich, Switzerland, where she currently resides. Raised by a family of artists, Robert found home-life aesthetically stimulating and informative. She remembers her parents often discussing the notions of colour and form, and she was fascinated by the patterns and motifs of the 1960s that filled her home. These early influences perhaps motivated Robert to initially pursue a career in graphic design and subsequently in fine art, the origins of which certain motifs in her current work can be traced.

Robert has exhibited internationally in New York, Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Paris, Berlin and Zurich. Her work is held in private collections in the US, Spain, UK, France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Yvonne Robert

Residence: Zurich, Switzerland


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022     A Touch of Lemon, PIERMARQ*, Sydney, AU

2022     Sept, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York City, NY

2022     Oct,The George Gallery, Charleston, SC

2021     Pinky Promise, PIERMARQ*, Sydney, Australia

2019     Paul Smith, London, UK

2018     Boilerroom,Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain

2018     Kunstsalon, Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022     April, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York City, NY

2022     25thAnniversary, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2021     The Summer Show, PIERMARQ*, Sydney, Australia

2021     Fall Ahead Group Show, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2021      The George Gallery, Due with Damian Stamer, Charleston, SC

2021     PIERMARQ*, Sydney, Australia

2020     PIERMARQ*, Sydney, Australia

2020     Way Out, La Grange, Cernay-Les-Reims, France

2020     Cheryl Hazan Gallery,Due with Gabriele Herzog, NYC, USA

2019     Circle 1 Gallery, with Gabriel Herzog and Caroline Popham, Berlin, Germany

2019     Cheryl Hazan Gallery,NYC, USA

2019     Formato14, Madrid, Spain

2019     Amelie Maison D’Art, Paris, France

2019     Cheryl Hazan Gallery,NYC, USA

2018     Cagegallery, Barcelona, Spain


2021     Helvetia and Sons – Interiew, March 2021

2020     You Wanted a List – Interview, August 2020

2020     Lula Japan Issue 12 – Interview, March 2020

2020     Jul, Charlotte – ATBO Furniture, February 2020

2019     Gianella, Sascha – SGAC Interview, October 2019

2018     Wasserman, Sydney – Architectural Digest, May 2018

2018     Tannler, Roland – Abstract Mag Interview, May 2018

2021 Helvetia and Sons – Interiew, March 2021
2020 You Wanted a List – Interview, August 2020
2020 Lula Japan Issue 12 – Interview, March 2020
2020 Jul, Charlotte – ATBO Furniture, February 2020
2019 Gianella, Sascha – SGAC Interview, October 2019
2018 Wasserman, Sydney – Architectural Digest, May 2018
2018 Tannler, Roland – Abstract Mag Interview, May 2018