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William Kurelek

William Kurelek

William Kurelek
November 2016 - 5th Session Online auction

Lot # 307

William Kurelek
ARCA OC OSA 1927 - 1977 Canadian

Kiev District Cemetery
mixed media on board
initialed and dated 1972 and on verso titled and dated
19 x 24 in  48.3 x 61cm

Wynick / Tuck Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

Tobi Bruce, Mary Jo Hughes, Andrew Kear et al., William Kurelek: The Messenger, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2011, page 104

William Kurelek was exposed to the cultural traditions of the Ukrainian people throughout his life and captured them in his art with scrupulous detail. He devoted entire exhibitions and series of works to Ukrainian themes, and he took two trips to the Soviet Ukraine, in 1970 and 1977. He was deeply conscious of his ethnic roots and even after his conversion to Catholicism, continued to use Ukrainian Orthodox subjects in his art, although he stated that “One’s Culture [sic] or nationality or ethnic origin is not the most important thing...Accordingly put God first, your ethnic origin second.” In Kiev District Cemetery, we see a fresh grave decorated with sheaves of flowers from which black ribbons trail. A table nearby holds a dish, probably filled with water and left there for the soul of the deceased to refresh itself. The detail of the surrounding graveyard is exceedingly fine - from the metal crosses to the star atop a grave marker, Kurelek renders each symbol of his culture with careful, exacting respect.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $21,240.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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