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William Kurelek: Jewish Life in Canada

April 12, 2022 - August 21, 2023

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William Kurelek

Jewish Life in Canada

April 12 to August, 2023

About the Exhibition

William Kurelek (1927–1977) is a beloved figure in Canadian art, a revered Ukrainian Canadian painter whose works express his deeply felt immigrant experience and his compassionate vision of humanity. Many of his richly detailed, jewel-toned works reflect memories of his hardscrabble childhood in Manitoba, others his sometimes apocalyptic ruminations on a darkening world.

His suite of paintings titled Jewish Life in Canada was made to honour his friendship with the Toronto art dealer Avrom Isaacs, who offered the artist a framing job at his gallery before discovering his employee’s remarkable creative gifts. A devout Roman Catholic, Kurelek intended Jewish Life in Canada as a gesture across the cultural divide, implicitly demonstrating his open-mindedness toward Canadians of cultural and religious backgrounds different from his own. 

William Kurelek (1927–1977), Jewish Immigrants Arriving on the Prairies, 1975.

William Kurelek (1927–1977), Jewish Doctor’s Family Celebrating Passover in Halifax, 1975.

William Kurelek (1927–1977), Jewish Wedding in Calgary, 1975.

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Start:
Apr 12
End:
August 21, 2023
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10365 Islington Ave
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J1C0 Canada
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