ARCA OC OSA
1927 - 1977
graphite on paper on board, circa 1956 - 1957
signed, titled and inscribed "W" and on verso titled "Soul of the Artist" on the label
15 x 11 1/4 in, 38.1 x 28.6 cm
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Sold for: $10,000
Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave
Acquired directly from the Artist by Father Thomas Lynch, England
By descent to the present Private Collection, England
Patricia Morley, Kurelek, A Biography, 1986, pages 124 and 125, reproduced page 126
Lots 217, 218 and 219 are consigned from the family of Father Thomas Lynch, who played an important role in the life and art of William Kurelek. Please click here for further information.
The self-portrait has consistently been an important means of expression for Kurelek, and a crucial reference point in understanding the artist’s mental and emotional state. The Artist, produced circa 1956 - 1957 could be interpreted as a transitional link between Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1950 and Self Portrait, 1957. Patricia Morley explains that, “The Artist is a composite drawing of Bill’s experience in the early 1950s showing the Wanderer on Life’s road, along with a torturous scene of maidenly purity and male lust. This maze [in comparison to Kurelek’s renowned work, The Maze, 1953] does have an exit, as two men (both Bill?) stride towards a distant light. Beside a small graveyard, a dejected figure hunches over a bedroll. The brim of a hat, covering the eyes of the largest self-portrait, suggests Bill’s secrecy, his reluctance to look his companion in the face. In the medieval scene of lust in his shadow, the man’s grasping hands and arms resemble the branches of the tree he is attempting to scale to reach the dreaming girl.”
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