Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Kane Kokaris Paints Surreal Creatures In Dream-Like Worlds

Kane Kokaris is a self-taught artist and an amateur paleontologist from Gold Coast, Australia. His paintings often feature creatures from imagination inspired by nature, wildlife and tattoo culture. The paintings depict bold and bright colored creatures on dark backgrounds, the contrast make the creatures surreal. The paintings are filled with intricate details that reveal on taking a closer look. The fur, the feathers, water droplets and reflection in the river, all make the paintings come alive. It can take anywhere from a day to a month to complete a painting depending on size and detailing.

"I’m interested in the human relationship with animals, like how we attach meaning and personal symbols to different animals. How we are drawn to certain species and fear others. I (try to) characterize animals to tell their story whilst they simultaneously tell mine." via

His work has been featured in several galleries and museums, including the Beinart Gallery.