ARCA OC OSA
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
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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