Kosso Eloul (1920-1995)

Solstice, 1981
stainless steel, ed. 6, 7 1/2' × 4'3" × 1 1/2'
Klausso, 1981
stainless steel, 7' × 1'2" × 1'2"
Force-X, 1964
painted steel, 46" × 32"
Arches, 1980
stainless steel, 11 5/8" × 28" × 4 3/4"
Triosso, 1974
aluminum, 18" × 28" × 22"
Equinox, 1975
stainless steel, 16 3/4" × 16 3/4" × 4"
Meeting Place
Meeting Place (maquette)
aluminum, 10.5" × 22" × 9"
Untitled, 1982
aluminum, 16" x 12" x 5"
Untitled, 1984
aluminum, 8" x 11" x 5"
Eternal Flame
Eternal Flame, 1974
aluminum, ed. 100, 13¼" × 17¾" × 12"
Shalom II
Shalom II, 1978
aluminum, 14" x 16" x 6"
Untitled, 1987
aluminum, 5" x 17½" x 3"


Kosso Eloul (1920-1995) – Artist Biography

Kosso Eloul & Rita Letendre

Kosso Eloul with his wife, Rita Letendre,
and their dog Bengy

Kosso Eloul was an important Israeli/Canadian post-war sculptor. His polished, monumental geometric sculptures can be found in Canadian cities such as Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Ottawa. Kosso Eloul also has sculptures located in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Tokyo, Jerusalem and Mexico City. He was born in Mourom, U.S.S.R and relocated to Tel-Aviv, Israel at the age of four. In 1938, he began his formal art training under Israeli sculptor Yitzhak Danziger. One year later, Kosso Eloul moved to the United States to study at both the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago School of Design. He attended lectures, workshops and classes by esteemed professors such as architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Bauhaus professor Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Between the years of 1943 and 1948, Kosso Eloul served in WWII and the War of Independence in Palestine, before returning to sculpting.

In 1959 he represented Israel at the 29th Venice Biennale. After the First Sculpture Symposium in Yugoslavia in 1961, he set up a similar event in the Negev Desert in 1962; his lifelong involvement with international sculpture conferences began then. In the 1960's, Kosso Eloul began to develop his signature style of balanced, geometric metal sculptures, earning him commissions in Israel, Canada and the United States. In 1962, Kosso Eloul met Canadian artist Rita Letendre in Spoleto, Italy while working at the 5th Festival de Due Mondi, "Scultura Della Citta". They married two years later, and, after living in Los Angeles for some time, permanently settled in Toronto in 1969.

Some of Kosso Eloul's best-known works include "Meeting Place," which sits at the intersection of Bloor and Church in Toronto, and "Eternal Flame" at the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, which is Israel's largest memorial to the Holocaust.

Kosso Eloul passed away from heart failure on November 8th, 1995 at the age of 75.

"[Kosso] Eloul's characteristic monumental sculptures grace the public spaces of many Canadian cities. His gleaming rectangles of highly polished aluminum or stainless steel are balanced precariously at unusual angles, testing and probing the laws of gravity. Although usually described as minimalist, their inherent energy and restless potential for movement transcend the contemplative minimalist sensibility."

— Clara Hargittay

Past Exhibitions

Harmony of Marriage and Art

Harmony of Marriage and Art
Rita Letendre & Kosso Eloul: 1966-80, Sculptures and Paintings Exhibition.
June 25th to July 15th, 2016

Harmony of Marriage and Art marks the first time that this couple's work has been exhibited together. Gallery Gevik features Rita Letendre's Hard Edge paintings between 1966 and 1980, which graciously complement her husband, Kosso Eloul's geometric sculptures.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.