CO-MA’s desire to experiment is at the forefront of his art practice. Replacing his paintbrush for sticks of charcoal and “using cheap, glittery make-up brushes” in 2019, he began creating strikingly vivid portraits, which mesh desolate bodies and figures in decay with mystical, otherworldly overtones. His work has no frills but contrasts living in the world of black and white.

“Charcoal gives me freedom to have a full range of control to play with values, textures and intricate details. I’m drawn to the medium because it feels natural, especially when dealing with skin textures.”

Extract from an interview on Artpaper issue 20, October 2022.


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