ABOUT KOSART STUDIOS
Serving all artistic needs, award-winning artist J. Anthony Kosar's company Kosart Studios, LLC is dedicated to quality Sculpture, Creature FX, Special FX Make-up, Prosthetics, Masks, Props, Concept Art, Illustration, and Fine Art.
Kosart Studios began as Kosart Effects in 2002, when J. Anthony Kosar was just 16 years old, with the creation of his first foam-latex prosthetic, the ‘Zombie.’ Even at that early age, Anthony believed in branding himself. Though he had spent his early Jr. High and High school years studying art, winning art competitions, and doing school theater make-up and his own Halloween make-ups, he always believed that it was the creation of his first prosthetic that was actually the start of his Special FX Make-Up career. So, with a lot of determination and with no formal training and none of today’s web-based resources, young Anthony taught himself sculpture and special FX make-up through trial-and-error and through on-the-job experiences, often incorporating his learning from his other art forms.
Since his last two years in High School, Kosar grew his business taking on commercial projects, independent movies, local theater productions, and traditional and digital paintings and illustrations for various clients. All the while he had been working out of the basement, garage, and anywhere else he could find the space. After years of business, Kosart Studios became an official LLC in 2008, and in April 2011, Anthony opened the doors to his first commercial facility, his very own studio and gallery in Westmont, IL, and finally had the appropriate space to work on his many different large-scale projects of many media.
Kosart Studios has since worked across the continent creating the highest quality, custom FX for film, television, web & media, photography & print, commercials & advertising, theater, music videos, theme parks, and the haunt industry, and also produces award-winning illustration, concept art, sculpture, product development, and graphic design. Kosart Studios specializes in all forms of make-up FX, from hyper-realistic aging and character make-ups, believable likeness make-ups, and trauma and injury simulation make-ups both minimal to extreme, all the way to fantasy, sci-fi, and horror characters and full creature FX.
Joining the I.A.T.S.E. Local 476 Studio Mechanics Chicago Union in 2016, Kosart Studios has been designing make-up effects and sculpting props for the new Jordan Peele Candyman film, Fargo Season 4, Empire Seasons 3, 4, 5, & 6, Chicago PD Seasons 4, 5, & 6, Chicago Justice Season 1, and the HBO pilot Lovecraft Country. Kosart has also worked on Shameless, neXT, Emporia, Beats, Chicago Fire, Chicago MED, Proven Innocent, Hubie Halloween, The Leftovers, and Zoobiquity, among others.
Even long before joining the union, Kosart Studios has been sought out to work on many various projects creating make-up and effects from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, for such clients as FOX, NBC Universal, HBO, FX, Showtime, MGM, Sony, Syfy, Monkeypaw, Bad Robot, Coca-Cola, Fanta, RCA Records, Adobe, Bleacher Report, Turner Broadcasting, United Airlines, US Olympic Team, Six Flags, Nerdist, Verizon, MTV, Music Choice, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sears, Zagone Studios, Fangoria, Lettuce Entertain You, The Bradford Exchange, The Ashton-Drake Galleries, Sandro Films, New York Magazine, David Lynch Foundation, Squarespace, Spectrum Fantastic Art, and many others.
In 2017, Kosart Studios was flown to Los Angeles to design and create all the prosthetic make-ups for Chris Brown's music video High End featuring Young Thug and Fabolous, directed by Chris Brown and Spiff TV. Also in 2017, Kosart was brought to Los Angeles to help turn actor Jessica Lange into 8 legendary and historical women for New York Magazine in an editorial photoshoot by Sandro Productions with the use of prosthetic make-up Kosart Studios sculpted and created, including: Gloria Steinem, Diana Vreeland, Frida Khalo, Simone De Beauvoir, Mae West, Georgia O'Keeffe, Janis Joplin, and Marlene Dietrich. Previously the year before, Kosart did a similar project turning actor John Malkovich into 7 characters from David Lynch movies by designing, sculpting, and applying prosthetics to Malkovich for Playing Lynch : Psychogenic Fugue by Sandro Films with Squarespace and the David Lynch Foundation, including John Merrick from The Elephant Man, Henry Spencer and Lady in the Radiator from Eraserhead, Special Agent Dale Cooper and the Log Lady from Twin Peaks, Frank Booth from Blue Velvet, and the Mystery Man from Lost Highway.
Other celebrities Kosart Studios has worked on include: Taraji P. Henson, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Taye Diggs, Tim Meadows, Doug Jones, Mekhi Phiefer, Xzibit, Juno Temple, Janelle Monae, Jon Seda, Trey Songz, Kaitlin Doubleday, Laura Slade Wiggins, Bre-Z, Patrick Flueger, Grace Byers, Trai Byers, Marina Squerciati, Laroyce Hawkins, David Lyons, Terrell Carter, Amy Morton, Jermaine Dupri, Brian Cage, Rey Mysterio Jr, Tracy Spiridakos, Chelsie Ross, A. Michael Baldwin, Peter Facinelli, and many others.
Kosart Studios also has had their work featured in Variety, SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Infected by Art, Fangoria, New York Magazine, Rue Morgue, Entertainment Weekly, Portes Magazine, Splash, Watercolor Artist Magazine, Sci Fi, and various newspapers and online media.
Between projects, Kosart has over 10 years of teaching experience doing seminars and demonstrations at schools and trade shows across the country, and has been exclusively teaching our own hands-on classes and workshops since 2011 in the disciplines of make-up FX, sculpting, painting, and the FX lab techniques. Many Kosart alumni have become professional artists in the television, film, theater, collectibles, & haunt industries. Professionals already in these industries come to Kosart to hone their skills. Some students also use what they learn for their own creative hobbies and personal art. Several students followed in Anthony's footsteps, and with his guidance, have gone on to compete, and even WIN, on Syfy’s FACE OFF and GAME FACE. While our professional projects are keeping Kosart very busy living our dreams, when we can, we still want to help others live their dreams by offering pop-up workshops to help get them on their way. Click HERE to see and enroll in our pop-up workshop.
With Anthony’s love and appreciation for art, Kosart Studios also hosts and curates art gallery exhibitions at Kosart Gallery including the widely anticipated Annual MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibitions, featuring renown and award-winning artists from around the globe. For six years, the MALEFICIUM shows have grown to be the Midwest's largest Halloween themed art show, and has become a Chicagoland Halloween-time tradition that gets bigger and better every year.
Despite the familiar connotation of the word “effects,” the original studio name “Kosart Effects” not only encompassed Kosar's alter ego of special effects, but also of all his art and everything that he is. The word “effect” means “end result” and “the extent to which something succeeds.” In a way, “Kosart Effects” was more of a promise to himself and to the world, a promise best said in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, “So much has been done. More, far more, will I achieve; treading in the footsteps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.” Though the company name changed from Kosart Effects to Kosart Studios to better signify that Kosart does much more than FX, this original belief still continues on with every project Kosart creates.