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.
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.