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01/09/2022 - 24/09/2022

Mid-Late C20th - Prints


Leon Kossoff - Etchings

Mon-Fri: 10-6pm; Sat: 11-3pm

Bernard Jacobson Gallery will present a selection of etchings from the 1980s by British artist Leon Kossoff. The etchings, which were published by Bernard Jacobson, reveal Kossoff’s profound connection to London.

Much like his paintings and drawings, Kossoff’s prints depict scenes of London as well as his family and friends. The etchings in this exhibition move from tube stations to private interiors with a sense of rhythm and energy. Even in etchings that unfold in public spaces, such as Outside Kilburn Underground Station, Kossoff communicates a deeply personal relationship with the city.

Kossoff remained committed to figurative techniques throughout his career, even when minimal and conceptual art dominated in the 1960s and 1970s. Alongside fellow School of London artists including Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and David Hockney, Kossoff resisted pressure to abandon figuration in favour of abstraction and by the 1980s benefited from a renewed interest in figurative art. Later in his career, Kossoff represented Britain at the centennial Venice Biennale in 1995 and was the subject of a major retrospective at Tate Gallery in 1996.

His work is held in major public collections worldwide, including the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and National Gallery of Australia.


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