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Kossoff was born and studied in London, and now works here. 'Ever since the age of twelve I have drawn and painted London. I have worked from Bethnal Green, the City, Willesden Junction, York Way and Dalston.' Kossoff chooses to paint bomb sites, excavations, railway stations and their booking halls, and indoor swimming pools, subjects that give a strong flavour of the experience of everyday urban existence. He has painted a series of pictures on the subject of the grand city church, Christchurch, Spitalfields, by the architect Hawksmoor, and this painting focuses on the relationship between the diminutive figures in the street and the looming presence of the church.

September 2004