William Kurelek (Alberta, Canada, 1927- Toronto 1977) creates a very personnal universe.
The paintings I saw are rather strange, almost naive, and oppressive like this ‘Ukrainian Pioneer No 3’ (1971-76) where a handful of very small humans are confronted to a smothering landscape (he was himself the son of an ukrainian immigrant farmer).
He also favours very dark hues, as in ‘The Young Skyey Blossoms’ (1970).
Unusual, but fascinating.
A wonderful video of his life through his paintings was made in 1967 by William Pettigrew