William Kurelek Power Point

William Kurelek
Canadian painter
Teaching Slideshow By R.M.
William Kureluk is a famous
Canadian artist.
• He was born in Whitford, 75 miles northeast
of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
On March 3, 1927.
Breaking land in Alberta
He lived on a grain farm during the
"dirty thirties".
Times were hard.
These things are sent to try us
He went to a one room
Ukrainian pioneer #1
William liked to paint prairie
landscapes because he had grown
up there.
Snowdrift fun
Green Sunday
• William was the oldest of seven children. His
parents had come from the Ukraine. William
went back to the Ukraine to see his dad's old
village and paint the people.
William painted landscapes with acrylic or oil
paints on a board.
Winter road in Alberta
To make a new painting, William would apply
acrylic or oil paint on a board, and then outline his
images in ballpoint pen.
The Blacking pen
• He would use colored
pencils to create texture,
and then scratch, scrub
or brush the surface for
He finished by adding further details in
Building a cord cradle
Kurelek’s parents were
Ukrainian immigrants
who lived a very difficult
existence after they
arrived to Canada. He
often painted the
hardships of immigrants
who were forced to
work difficult, laborious
Polish Lumberjacks
He liked to work long days and
nights when he painted.
Breaking the ice for cows in winter
William got a special award called
the "Order of Canada" when he was
fifty years old.
Ukrainian pioneer #4
• William Kurelek
believed that art
was a gift that
came from the
heart and the
mind. He
produced over
2,000 paintings
during his
lifetime. He died
on Nov. 3, 1977
of cancer when
he was fifty years
Ukrainian pioneer #4
You can see his paintings in these
• To My Father's Village
• A prairie boy's winter
• A prairie boy's
• Kurelek's Vision of
• Kureluk Country
Milking Time
• His prints
• More art
Chicken in a bucket
Resources to check out.
• National Film Board of Canada movie about William Kureluk 1967,
10 min 07 sec
Kurelek. Daly, Tom, Bill Pettigrew, and al, Montreal, Quebec :
National Film Board of Canada 1966, 1967.
• With WK in the Workshop; a Memoir of William Kurelek. Dedora,
Brian Stratford, Ont.: Aya Press / Mercury Press, 1989.
• William Kurelek, the Suffering Genius. Ewanchuk, Michael,
Winnipeg: Derksen Printers and M. Ewanchuk Pub., 1996.
• Kurelek, a Biography. Morley, Patricia. Toronto: Macmillan of
Canada, 1987, c1986.
• Kurelek's Vision of Canada By William Kurelek and Joan
Edmonton, AB: Hurtig Publishers, 1983 80pp.
• Book review
Pencil crayons add detail and
Ukrainian pioneer #6
Other artists use pencil crayons to
show light and colour shades.
Knox Gill “The Marbles”
Demonstration of pen and ink
Demonstration of pencil crayon
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