Artist profile

Leon Kossoff

Leon Kossoff grew up in London's East End and the city always has been and continues to be one of his most abiding subjects. His pictures of London, which are generally of areas where he lived – from the East End and City to Willesden and Kilburn – are peopled by family and friends identifiable in many cases from studio portraits. His favoured urban subjects include railway bridges and sidings, churches and other imposing local buildings and building sites. Kossoff returned to favoured motifs, such as King's Cross St Pancras showing the change happening over the past decades, or Hawksmoor's Christ Church, Spitalfields. His figure paintings are often of close friends and family members; and his pictures of nudes are often of his wife, Rosalind, or of his long-standing model Fidelma. 

Biography

1926
Born in London
1949–53
Studied at St Martin’s School of Art, and attended twice weekly evening classes at Borough Polytechnic, London, with David Bomberg (1950–52)
1962
Elected into London group
1995
Represented Britain at Venice Biennale

Selected exhibitions

2013–14
Leon Kossoff: London Landscapes, Annely Juda Fine Art, London; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; L.A. Louver, Venice, California
2010–11
Recent Paintings, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
2007
Leon Kossoff: Drawing from painting, National Gallery, London
2004–05
Leon Kossoff – Selected Paintings 1956–2000, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek; Museum of Modern Art Lucerne, Lucerne
2000
Leon Kossoff, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; Annely Juda Fine Art, London
1995–96
Leon Kossoff: Recent Paintings. XLVI Venice Biennale, British Pavilion; Düsseldorf Kunstverein; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1972
Leon Kossoff: Recent Paintings. XLVI Venice Biennale, British Pavilion, June–Oct.1995; Düsseldorf Kunstverein; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until Mar. 1996
1957
Leon Kossoff, Beaux Arts Gallery, London

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