Happy New Year everyone. I’m looking forward to exploring more Canadian art with you this year, starting with William Kurelek, one of my Top 5 favorite artists. The bitter cold and snow that enveloped the country through the holidays made me think of his exuberant winter scenes. (Above: Balsam Avenue After Heavy Snowfall, 1972)
The guys with snowblowers – and children headed for the snowbanks – have been out in force, communing with winter in my neighborhood these last few weeks, reminding us there can be fun and camaraderie even in the bone-chilling cold. Kurelek, who grew up on the prairies, captures how it’s done. (Top of post: Balsam Avenue After Heavy Snowfall, 1972 / Above: Fox and Geese, 1973)
King of the Mountain, 1973
These paintings are a tiny portion of Kurelek’s body of work. He was remarkable and troubled, a major force in Canadian art who produced some of the country’s most iconic modern works. See a short overview biography, here. Then if you want more, dive into the superb online version of a major exhibit of his life and works, here.