William Kurelek, Available Artwork

Vintage
William Kurelek
mixed media (9x8.5 in) 1974
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Stripped Case Steam Tractor
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink (16.25x22 in)
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Sharpener (Tochylo)
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink (14.5x23 in)
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Slaughtered Pig Sketch
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink (23x14.5 in)
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Free Ukrainian Mountaineers
William Kurelek
Oil on Panel (40.5x42 in) 1968
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A Poor Mexican Courtyard
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (12x15 in) 1976
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Agnes’ Dream
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (43x11 in) 1975
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The Rational and the Irrational
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (21.25x25.25 in) 1970
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#54 Yarn Winder
William Kurelek
(14.5x14 in)
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#36 Homemade Strong Box
William Kurelek
(14x16.75 in)
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Limbing
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (6 1/8x11 1/2 in) 1975
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Farmer Stoking Fire at 5 a.m.
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (12.25x9 in) 1974
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Open Box Stove
William Kurelek
pen & ink (14x16.75 in)
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Butter Working Utensils and Iron
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink on Paper (16.5x13.5 in)
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Assorted Hand Tools
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink on Paper (16.5x14 in)
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Church Accessories
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink on Paper (16.75x14 in)
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Last, Awl, Reapers Knife, Blade Trainer, Spike, Log Steadier
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink on Paper (16.5x14 in)
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Homemade Screwdriver and Horse Equipment
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink on Paper (14x16.67 in)
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Austrian Gendarmes Rifle
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink on Paper (11x13.5 in) 1971
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Plate Cupboard Sketch
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink on Paper (23x14.5 in)
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William Kurelek

(1927 - 1977) RCA

Kurelek was the son of Ukrainian immigrant farmers. He grew up during the Great Depression on a grain farm in Alberta and then a dairy farm in Manitoba. His hard-working father thought that his son was lazy and was not pleased when he decided to pursue his studies in art. His father's rejection was to haunt him all of his life. Kurelek briefly studied art at school but preferred to teach himself through books. While traveling in England he was hospitalized for over a year and enrolled in the hospital's art therapy program. It was there that he drew many self-portraits and scenes of farm life from his youth. He also developed his unique style of outlining the drawing with a ballpoint pen, using coloured pencils for texture and adding details in pen. Careful examination of his drawings reveals images full of realism with minute details of things like cots, clothes and even insects. Under the pen of William Kurelek, prairie farm scenes and landscapes came to life. By the time of his death in 1977 Kurelek had produced over 2000 paintings. Many of Kurelek's painting were produced to accompany books for children. For these he won several awards including the New York Times' Best Illustrated Children's Book Award for A Prairie Boy's Winter and Lumberjack, and the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians Illustrators Award for A Prairie Boy's Summer.

Links

Kurelek
1967 National Film Board of Canada Documentary by William Pettigrew

The Maze Trailer
Official Trailer to “William Kurelek’s The Maze”

William Kurelek’s Messenger_Artist’sStudio
...William Kurelek had one of the strangest work spaces. Film by director and producer Halya Kuchmij.

Consignments

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