Leon Kossoff, at Annely Juda Fine Art, review

By the mid-Sixties, decades before Eurostar regeneration, Kossoff was
capturing the disused railway lands behind St Pancras station. He returned
to the area in 2005, to capture George Gilbert Scott’s derelict Midland
Hotel on the eve of renovation. The once-dazzling Grand Staircase resembles
a spider’s web of charcoal swirls.

Kossoff’s London never stands still. Indeed, in paintings like City
Building Site
(1961), there’s so much activity it’s hard to
decipher who’s doing what where. His trademark method is to deposit a
lorry-load of paint on a board, trowel it, daub it, gouge it, remove it and
reapply it – until (months down the line) finally he’s happy with the

In a way, his style matches his city. Both are in a state of flux: of
appearance, disappearance and reappearance,

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/10045096/Leon-Kossoff-at-Annely-Juda-Fine-Art-review.html

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