Abrasha LOZOFF 1887–1936
Russian-Canadian sculptor. Born 1887 at Kamashtov, Siberia, of a Russian-Jewish family of landowners. Lived at Riga until about 1904 when he went to America, studying art in New York. Went to Montreal and became a naturalized Canadian. Returned to Europe, studying in Florence and in Paris under Bourdelle. Settled in London 1920, where the study of Grinling Gibbons and Tudor carvings, reinforced by the example of Gauguin, made him abandon modelling for carving in wood; had a studio at Notting Hill. Exhibited with the London Group 1926 and the R.A. 1934 and 1935. Died in London 29 August 1936. An exhibition of his wood carvings was held at the Ben Uri Art Gallery 1950.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I