Curated by Andrew Kear

The art of William Kurelek (1927–1977) navigated the unsentimental reality of Depression-era farm life and plumbed the sources of the artist’s debilitating mental suffering. His paintings represent an unconventional, unsettling, and controversial record of global anxiety in the twentieth century. Oscillating between the nostalgic and the nightmarish, Kurelek’s oeuvre is also concerned with the common struggles that divide and bind the human family. For more on William Kurelek read Andrew Kear’s William Kurelek: Life & Work.

 

Andrew Kear is chief curator and curator of Canadian art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and a sessional lecturer in Canadian art at the University of Winnipeg. He has written and curated exhibitions on a diverse range of Canadian artists, including William Kurelek.


  • 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

  • Hailstorm in Alberta

    Hailstorm in Alberta 1961

  • 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 Painter

    The Painter 1974

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