Kris Ancog is a Sydney-based artist who uses art as a visual storytelling method; evoking emotions, and experiences that are beyond words. Calling himself a painter of meditative dreamscapes, the artist channels creativity to explore beauty, peace, and serenity. Over the years, his work has evolved from traditional landscapes to ethereal abstracts that allow the viewer to develop their own interpretation through a contemplative process.
The Journey from Nurse to Artist
Over a decade ago, while Kris was working as a full time registered nurse, he felt the pull to recover the creative life from childhood. Pursuing art gave him a sense of balance and provided the artist with a unique way of telling stories about life and dreams through colours and forms. Blending nursing and art allows the artist to create meaningful connections which give his life purpose. In 2021, Kris founded Kris Ancog Gallery in the heart of Randwick where his studio is also located.
The Creative Process
Kris develops his artworks through multiple translucent layers of paint with wide flat brushes, referencing photos and videos as guides for colour schemes or the behaviour of light in a landscape. As such, the paintings become heavily inspired by light in nature and meditation, as well as art from European 19th-century artists, J. M. W. Turner and Claude Monet. His most popular series, reveal the ethereal, magical effect of light: the Aurora Illuminata series. Evoking positive emotions, the paintings bring a sense of peace and calm to his collectors.
Thanks to the layers, small paintings can take from hours to a week, and large works taking several weeks to months — as such, the artist is often at work on multiple projects. Using a delicate palette with mainly with acrylic and oil or sometimes inks and resin, Kris sets out to capture light in nature. It all depends on the vision — maximising either the shorter drying time for acrylics which achieves a sense of movement or the versatility of oils which allows time to blend without drying.
Creating Meaningful Connections
The artist relishes in the joy from his collectors’ feedback — how the paintings inspire them and bring positivity in their homes. As for Kris, this creative life was just once a dream, and he has learned that it takes a lot of hard work, patience and faith to turn dreams into reality. His mantra, “to pursue excellence and achieve my highest potential.