Project 5- Townscapes.

Research point.

John Virtue’s townscapes and full of atmosphere -the dark dense drawings in black and white create a feeling of presence and mystery.

The large scale of much of his work means that the viewer can be ‘enveloped’ in it.  Jackson Pollock comes to mind.john virtue image

Leon Kossof’s townscapes are all about the places he knows and has lived in.  In many of his drawings of churches and schools one is looking up at the buildings and this increases the drama. The drawings are full of movement and energy with lines appearing to have been rapidly made and re-made. Kossoffmexican church by Burra Mexican church by Edward Burra.

I saw this some years ago at an exhibition at Tate Britain. The particular colouring and the composition give a feeling of claustrophobia in the richly decorated church.

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