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An Afternoon with Kornel Anderson (Koa)

We met up with an old pal to talk art, escapism & identity

Kornel Anderson (AKA as Koa) is a mixed media artist living in London, who studied at Camberwell College of Arts. Koa is one of those people who constantly jumps between music, painting, fashion and everything else.

This recent series of (mainly) acrylic paintings caught our attention enough for us to get on a 20 minute train to go and talk to him... But really, something about this series of paintings is strangely realised and visually engaging when compared to his previous illustrations.

Film by Joe Clewley

From talking with Kornel about how these works came to exist, this process does seem to have elevated his art practice overall in a sense and at the same time come out of thin air - a perfect balance of consideration and spontaneity. This was apparent even when viewing them on Instagram @kornelanderson_ 📱 but even more so after we had climbed up a sketchy ladder to look at the loose canvas rolls in what can only be described as a studio space and/or pigeon hostel.

painting of blue lady lying down
In bloom, 2021 - acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 70cm

Painting of blue woman wearing a black bathing suit
The garden, 2021 - Acrylic on canvas 70cm x 100cm

From chatting things through we learnt that it was during the corona lockdowns when Koa found respite from repetitive and unforgiving shift work, enough to spend some genuine time reflecting on his creative output and purpose - resulting in this new and largely unexplored avenue of paintings. Kornel's latest works are covered in layers of obnoxiously vibrant colour and they discuss symbolism only for the sake of aesthetic. These are paintings that are made with an intention - which is to not have any intention and see what the hell happens. We can't get enough!

Thanks Kornel 😍, we're so excited to see what you do next!

Kornel Anderson artist holding a painting on loose canvas
Kornel Anderson holding 'Woman and her horse', 2022

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