Ghislain Brown-Kossi

Believe is a new series of paintings by Vancouver-based artist Ghislain Brown-Kossi. Otherness, the artist’s leitmotif, is what Brown-Kossi believes unites all of humanity and is a reoccurring theme in his work. In other words, he feels our uniqueness is what we all have in common, as explained in Ubuntu’s humanism of “I am, because we are”.

In Believe, Brown-Kossi reactivates the ancestral symbols that he is known for using. Inspired by various geographical locations and cultural groups, the symbols are reworked and given new context. Manipulating them in this way, the artist’s intention is to free them from the temporal, spatial, cultural and religious constraints and attachments that may exist, immersing the viewer into a new visual language. The unique colour combinations and built-up symbols made of plaster reinforce the idea of ‘artist as architect’ of an imaginary new world that is united through communication. The fluid, circular shapes and pop colours are both references to his African heritage whereas the opposing straight lines and muted tones are references to what is more commonly seen in Western cultures, both of which are important to the artist. Rooted in art history, his other references include the compositions and colours of Wassily Kandinsky, Ellsworth Kelly, KAWS, Supreme and Takashi Murakami. Historical references such as ancient architecture and bas-relief carving are also signaled in his texture and built up use of plaster.

Artist Information

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Born and raised in Lyon, France, Brown-Kossi experienced great diversity throughout his childhood and schooling. His family’s heritage from the Ivory Coast and Ghana further provides the artist a background full of dialects and mixed language history. Presenting his first photographic exhibition in an apartment in Paris, he has since had many exhibitions in France, England and Canada. Currently living and working in Vancouver, BC, Brown-Kossi’s art is featured in Art Hole Magazine 2021, London, UK, in group exhibitions Art Rich2021 at the Richmond, BC Arts Coalition, the Evergreen Gallery, Coquitlam, BC and is part of a 4 person exhibit at The Gibson Art Gallery in 2022, curated by France Trepainier. He is also a member of several Professional art associations. Brown-Kossi's first solo exhibition with Jennifer Kostuik Gallery was in March 2022.

Ghislain Brown-Kossi

Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

Born: Lyon, France


2020     Art Theory, MoMA, NYC, online

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023     Artifact,Dal Schindell Gallery, 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

2022     Splash,Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2022     25thAnniversary 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     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

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

2022  Create! Magazine Issue 31 Article

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