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LOT 012

William Kurelek
1927 - 1977

After the Big Blow
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1975 twice and on verso titled on a label
7 5/8 x 10 in 19.4 x 25.4 cm

Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000

Sold for: $76,050

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Acquired directly from the Artist by the present Private Collection, Ontario

While William Kurelek was known for themes such as religion, childhood and farming, the subject matter that remains consistently sought after by collectors is the one portrayed here – children having fun in the snow. This charming work is portrayed in Kurelek’s unique illustrative style and executed with his special technique of creating an almost glass-like painted surface and incising it with a ballpoint pen and coloured pencils to etch and draw on the surface. While his paintings depicting children are enjoyed for their simple, joyous content, there is a deeper level of meaning. Kurelek was the eldest of seven children and grew up on the Manitoba Prairie in a hard-working Ukrainian Orthodox immigrant family during the Depression. His choice of career was not supported by his parents – leading to strife – but in works like this, it seems clear that he looked back on his childhood with a degree of sentimentality. Shortly before producing this fine work, Kurelek wrote and illustrated an award-winning book entitled A Prairie Boy’s Winter.
This painting is in its original frame, which was made by the artist.

Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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