Louis Kok was born in Pretoria in 1970.
He matriculated from Wonderboom Hoërskool in 1988.
Louis has always been creative and from a young age showed a passion for drawing and painting, however as his school was unable to offer art as a subject, he took woodworking and there he was able to find an outlet for his creative drive.
The path to creativity was not an easy one, as his father, a strong influence in his life, was against the idea of art being career path for his son. Like so many other young gay men, Louis suppressed his true self to please or protect his relationship with his family. However, he finally “came out” during his military service and this gave him the courage to also pursue his passion for art and surprisingly finding much support from family.
In 1993 he enrolled for a Fine Art Diploma at the Thswane University of Technology, graduating in 1996. On completion of his studies he chose to open his own graphics and multi-media company.
His true passion though for fine arts was only realized in 2012, when he made yet another courageous step and decided to become a full time artist. Seeking help and advice from various galleries, he quickly became part of the Pretoria art scene, taking part in many group and solo exhibitions.
His earliest influences came from his other passions, cooking, as well as his interest in theatre and theatre props. He found that the principles of layering of flavours in cooking is much like the layering of ideas and techniques in creating art, it’s what makes the end result more interesting. As a young adult Louis got involved in theatre and was most interested in the props department and this love of making things with his hands has become part of his artists’ process, not just creating art but the physicality of creating. Louis enjoys creating works with the same physical input as when one builds props, many of his works involve carving out or building up surfaces or even drilling into surfaces.
Louis has a need to constantly research and experiment with various mediums and combining these mediums to create interesting layers and contrast and through his personal life experiences all the trials and tribulations he has created his own language in narrative imagery.
As a child Louis remembers making toffee apples and although he surly must have eaten the apples, the nostalgic memory is about making them. This idea has followed him throughout his life, the focus has always been on the process or the journey and this translates in his creative pursuits as well. He thrives on the process of creativity and although he always strives for quality finished work, it’s in the technical processes that he finds real joy. Learning to ways to express himself through new techniques or combing and layering techniques in innovative ways.
Call: +27 83 675 0150
6th September 2019 – Salt at Trent Gallery Opening, 6:30pm
7th September 2019 – Floral Rhapsody at The Viewing-room St.
Lorient Art Gallery Opening, 3pm
20th September 2019 – Out of our Drawers at the Association of Arts
Pretoria opening, 7pm.