Leon Kossoff’s love affair with London

Last summer, during the Olympics, the painter Leon Kossoff found himself back in the East End of London, in Arnold Circus in Shoreditch. “It was a miracle,” he says – and then with typical self-effacement takes the word back. “No: that’s an exaggeration. Anyway, it was the summer of the Olympics. There wasn’t much traffic. I didn’t approve of how they changed things, to build the park, but I did enjoy it. Everything seemed different, people seemed happy … Returning to Arnold Circus wasn’t something I anticipated. I just went down there one day and I had to draw it.”

He made drawing after drawing of the pinkish red-brick buildings (Britain’s first housing estate, built in the 1890s) that surround the little park in the circus, with its bandstand at the centre. Summer trees jostle against a hot blue sky. In the distance, the tower of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church, Spitalfields

Article source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/apr/27/leon-kossoff-love-affair-london

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