Ghislain Brown-Kossi

Ghislain Brown-Kossi describes the series titled Symbols as representing a universal language that everyone can understand or derive unique meaning from. His paintings depict languages using plaster casts upon bright pops of colour. Each symbol used has many meanings in various parts of the world, allowing for the resulting interpretation to be based on the viewer’s background and personal experience. The artist is also expressing a return to ancestral values through the use of symbols as our earliest form of writing.

For Brown-Kossi, symbols are at the heart of his imaginative life as they open the mind to the unknown and the infinite. They encompass this re-occurring theme, ranging from European un-deciphered writing systems and Egyptian hieroglyphics to modern advertising, comics, technology, and the interconnectedness that historic and current communication channels inform and provide.

Other Works

Artist Information

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Ghislain Brown-Kossi

Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia


2020     Art Theory, MoMA, NYC, online

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

2019     Mindset, Alliance francaise de Vancouver, Vancouver, BC



Selected Group Exhibitions

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

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

Professional Associations

MemberCanada Council for the Arts

MemberFederation of Canadian Artists

MemberLe Collectif, French Visual Artists from British Columbia

MemberPort Moody Art Centre

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