Kossoff's principal subjects are his family and friends, and the parts of London he knows best. In each case, Kossoff evokes a sense of human existence tinged by sadness and suffering. This painting depicts the booking hall of Kilburn Underground station in north London. The station is close to his home and he has made paintings, prints and drawings of it since the 1970s. Kossoff's interest in this subject may be related to his statement that 'the shuddering feet of the sprawling city linger in my mind like a faintly glimmering memory of a long forgotten, perhaps never experienced childhood which, if rediscovered and illuminated, would ameliorate the pain of the present.'
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