BRITISH ARTIST

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By JILL LAW­LESS

British artist Leon Kos­soff, who painted his home city of London in all its moody, rough-edged glory died Thurs­day af­ter a short ill­ness. He was 92.

LONDON — British artist Leon Kos­soff, who painted his home city of London in all its moody, rough-edged glory, has died. He was 92.

An­nely Juda Fine Art, which rep­re­sents Kos­soff, said he died Thurs­day af­ter a short ill­ness. An­other of the artist’s gal­leries, LA Lou­ver in Los An­ge­les, also con­firmed his death.

Born in London in 1926 to Rus­sian Jewish im­mi­grants, Kos­soff grew up in the city’s tough East End and served in the army dur­ing World War II be­fore study­ing at St. Martin’s school of art.

He is con­sid­ered a mem­ber of the “School of London” group of post­war artists — along­side Fran­cis Ba­con, Lu­cian Freud and Frank Auer­bach — who pur­sued ca­reers in fig­u­ra­tive paint­ing re­gard­less of chang­ing artis­tic fash­ions.

In­spired by the Old Masters, Kos­soff painted por­traits of friends and fam­ily, but is best known for his ur­ban land­scapes of a gritty, war-scarred London. Streets, churches, swim­ming pools, sub­way sta­tions and rail­way bridges were all ren­dered in dark-hued, thickly lay­ered oil paint. Kos­soff would of­ten paint all day and then scrape off most of it in frus­tra­tion, re­peat­ing the process day af­ter day.

An­nely Juda said in a state­ment that Kos­soff “saw beauty in ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­body.”

“His death robs us of one of Bri­tain’s great­est painters, but his work re­minds us of the con­tin­u­ing po­tency of paint­ing to com­pre­hend the world in which we live,” the gallery said.

Though never as fa­mous as Ba­con or Freud, Kos­soff’s works have sold for six and seven fig­ures. A 1971 paint­ing of London’s Willes­den Junc­tion rail­way in­ter­change fetched 1.39 mil­lion pounds ($1.74 mil­lion) at a Christie’s auc­tion last year.

Kos­soff rep­re­sented Bri­tain at the 1995 Venice Bi­en­nale, and had a ma­jor show the fol­low­ing year at London’s Tate gallery. His work has been shown around the world, in­clud­ing at London’s Na­tional Gallery and the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New York. He was an hon­orary for­eign mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Academy of Arts and Let­ters.

Fu­neral de­tails were not immediatel­y avail­able.

As­so­ci­ated Press

This im­age pro­vided by An­nely Juda Fine Art shows a paint­ing by the artist Leon Kos­soff. Kos­soff, who painted his home city of London in all its moody glory, has died. He was 92.

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