William Kurelek Life & Work by Andrew Kear
Release date: March 2017

Born and raised on the Prairies, William Kurelek (1927–1977) created meticulously crafted paintings that predominantly explore his Roman Catholic religion and his Ukrainian-Canadian cultural roots, confronting viewers with the stark challenges faced by immigrants. His work stands as an enduring commentary on multiculturalism in Canada. 

Andrew Kear is Curator of Historical Canadian Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. 

LEFT: Artist photograph by Erik Christensen, October 18, 1973. RIGHT: William Kurelek, Manitoba Party, 1964, oil on Masonite, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. BOOK COVER: William Kurelek, Reminiscences of Youth, 1968, mixed media on hardboard, Thomson Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

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