Fine Canadian Art
6th session

June 06 - June 27, 2019

Current bid: $20,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

1709 27-Jun-2019 02:55:39 PM $20,000 AutoBid

24876 26-Jun-2019 10:04:56 AM $19,000

36847 13-Jun-2019 12:21:10 PM $18,000

The bidding history list updated on: Sunday, August 01, 2021 06:26:44

LOT 526

1927 - 1977

Old Crows Nest Colony
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1977 and on verso titled
10 x 18 in, 25.4 x 45.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $25,000

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Estate of the Artist
Acquired from the Niagara Falls Art Gallery-Kurelek Collection by the present Private Collection, Ontario, 1988

In Old Crows Nest Colony, William Kurlelek deftly captured the nostalgia of childhood adventure in the cold Prairie landscape. While growing up in a Ukrainian farming family - first in Alberta and then in Manitoba, north of Winnipeg - Kurelek experienced the hardships of the long winter months. Despite this, Kurelek and his family still made time to play outside, creating the childhood memories that would inspire many of his future paintings. Here, a child waits bundled up in snow gear, sled in tow, ready to frolic through the expanse of a crisp, white snowfall. In the distance are a group of trees, which by the title we infer was the site of crows nesting in the spring. The crow was a bird often depicted by Kurelek in his work – its return to such sites was a harbinger of spring.

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