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William Kurelek created between an estimated 2,000 and 4,000 works of art in less than thirty years. Prolific and driven, he created easel paintings, massive murals, singular tableaus, and narrative series with multiple works. His was a diverse, even divided, oeuvre that oscillated between the nostalgic and the nightmarish. Although his early paintings are inward-looking, precise, and claustrophobic, Kurelek’s mature work is marked by more general visual propositions about the fluctuating world around him and the common struggles that divide and bind the human family.


  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1950

  • Zaporozhian Cossacks

    Zaporozhian Cossacks 1952

  • The Maze

    The Maze 1953

  • Behold Man Without God

    Behold Man Without God 1955

  • Self-Portrait

    Self-Portrait 1957

  • And, While They Were at Table...

    And, While They Were at Table... 1960–63

  • Hailstorm in Alberta

    Hailstorm in Alberta 1961

  • In the Autumn of Life

    In the Autumn of Life 1964

  • This Is the Nemesis

    This Is the Nemesis 1965

  • Cross Section of Vinnitsia in the Ukraine, 1939

    Cross Section of Vinnitsia in the Ukraine, 1939 1968

  • Reminiscences of Youth

    Reminiscences of Youth 1968

  • The Ukrainian Pioneer

    The Ukrainian Pioneer 1971, 1976

  • Glimmering Tapers ’round the Day’s Dead Sanctities

    Glimmering Tapers ’round the Day’s Dead Sanctities 1970

  • The Painter

    The Painter 1974

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