Like his contemporaries Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, Kossoff painted that which he knew best. In limiting his subject to the immediate vicinity of his neighbourhood, the anonymous people that passed through these places and the friends that posed for his portraits, Kossoff transformed the everyday into the extraordinary. Through the constant reworking and manipulating of the painting’s surface, Kossoff encapsulates the essence of his model in thick impasto or vigorously applied charcoal and pastel markings. He thus demonstrates an acute physical relationship with his compositions.Read More
Kossoff's work is enlivened by a tangible and wholly unique sense of familiarity with its subject, capturing the private face of long-lived experience in an active metropolis. Although he frequently returns to paint the same scene twice, the changing mood, light, and seasons prevent him from wandering into the realms of repetition. It is thus this changing landscape of London that draws the artist back to his urban landscape again and again.