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b. 1926, United Kingdom

Leon Kossoff Biography

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.

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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.

Leon Kossoff Featured Artworks

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Arnold Circus by Leon Kossoff contemporary artwork
Leon KossoffArnold Circus, 2008Charcoal and pastel on paper
62 x 53.3 cm
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Train by Night No.1 by Leon Kossoff contemporary artwork
Leon KossoffTrain by Night No.1, 1990Charcoal and pastel on paper
59.5 x 41.9 cm
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Train by Night No.2 by Leon Kossoff contemporary artwork
Leon KossoffTrain by Night No.2, 1990Charcoal and pastel on paper
55.9 x 41.9 cm
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Train by Night No. 3 by Leon Kossoff contemporary artwork
Leon KossoffTrain by Night No. 3, 1990Charcoal and pastel on paper
59.5 x 41.9 cm
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Here Comes The Diesel by Leon Kossoff contemporary artwork
Leon KossoffHere Comes The Diesel, 1987Charcoal on paper
58 x 56.5 cm
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Railway Bridge Mornington Crescent by Leon Kossoff contemporary artwork
Leon KossoffRailway Bridge Mornington Crescent, 1952Charcoal and pastel on paper
55.2 x 73 cm
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Demolition of YMCA Building, No.2 by Leon Kossoff contemporary artwork
Leon KossoffDemolition of YMCA Building, No.2, 1970Charcoal on paper
59 x 84 cm
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Fidelma with Raised Arms by Leon Kossoff contemporary artwork
Leon KossoffFidelma with Raised Arms, 1981Oil on board
42.5 x 31 cm
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Leon Kossoff Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Leon Kossoff, Everyday London at Timothy Taylor, New York
Closed
29 March–24 May 2019 Leon Kossoff Everyday London Timothy TaylorNew York

Leon Kossoff Represented By

Timothy Taylor contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Timothy Taylor London, New York

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