My work is representational, but objects are just jumping-off points for me.
There is usually an initial moment of perception that I try to
sustain throughout a painting -- a moment often characterized
by a strongly intuited sense of visual drama and stability -- an insight
that the objects to be represented
are well grounded in their settings yet also have something
that intrigues me to want to stop and look.
I obsess over all the technical matters that make oil paintings interesting:
edges; suggestions of planes, forms, and spaces; tones; impasto;
and the emotion inherent in chiaroscuro and color.
Though I had always painted from life, during the COVID pandemic
I have learned to work on landscapes
while staying home, sourcing inspiration from pictures
taken on family vacations -- photos I edited, cropped, and then
interpreted from memory
as I translated from photo to painting.
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or to inquire about pricing.
Joe Kossow received a Master in Fine Arts degree from The American University in Washington, DC in 1982, where he studied with Ben Summerford, Robert D’Arista and Jack Boul.
In 1983 he co-founded the Washington Studio School with Lee Newman, Carlton Fletcher, Jack Boul, Susan Yanero, David Holt, Jo Weiss, and Katie Murray. Joe taught at the Washington
Studio School and local Washington area
colleges for 8 years.
He was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields prize
in 1983. His work has been shown in the DC
area, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and in Paris
and Nancy, France. He lives and works in
Princeton, New Jersey.