Kosso Eloul, ‘Eternal Flame’, 1974, Caviar20

Kosso Eloul (1920-1995) is one of our favorite sculptors and an important contributor to public art in Toronto.

In addition to the numerous public sculptures in Toronto by Eloul, his works can be found in many other prominent public spaces around the world from California to Israel.

"Eternal Flame" is a paradigm of his work; yet in a domestically proportioned scale.

Like the best of Eloul's works this sculpture is created from three brushed aluminum rectangles captured in motion.

From each vantage point, no matter on which side the sculpture is place, the sculpture appears different, more dynamic and intriguing.

Eloul was born in Israel but educated in the United States. He first studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (under Frank Lloyd Wright) and later at the Chicago School of Design (with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy).

He would represent Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1959.

In the late 1960's he would settle in Toronto and became known for his large outdoor sculptures.

In many ways he was a precursor for both Richard Serra and Joel Shaprio.

Many major institutions have examples of his work in their permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, the Israel Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to mention a few.

Signature: Incised signature, date and title by the artist

About Kosso Eloul

Russian, 1920-1995, Murom, Russia, based in Toronto, Ontario

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