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Lot #77

Artist William Kurelek
Title Untitled - Farm Sketch
Media graphite on paper
Size 6 x 11.75 in. / 15.2 x 29.8 cm.
Frame Size 18.5 x 22.5 x 1.5 in.

Place Absentee Bid

unsigned; bears artist's name and date on mat; copy of gallery label verso; framed with archival mat

according to the consignor; 'Kurelek would draw his paintings out on velum paper with pencil, then he would transfer the image to canvas by shading the back with charcoal or pencil and tracing over the image with pen. This would leave a charcoal or pencil outline on the canvas for him to start painting. This sketch was found in a file of Kureleks when the Isaacs Gallery closed. This sketch has been cleaned, conserved, and framed with archival material. You will notice some wrinkles and tears (that have been repaired). These were not intended to be works of art by Kurelek but yet thankfully the file has been saved for 50 plus years. Although not signed or dated the sketch was probably done in the early to mid 1970's. The label on the back of the frame is a reproduction of the original Isaacs Gallery label on the file folder')

copy of The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto, label verso; private collection, Ontario

Estimate $3,000/$5,000

Biographical Information
William Kurelek ~ [1927-1977] Canadian OSA, RCA
see Someone With Me: the Autobiography of William Kurelek, by W.Kurelek; Kurelek's Canada, by W.Kurelek, Pagurian Press, 1978; William Kurelek: A Retrospective, by A.Isaacs, E.A.G., 1979; The Last Days and Drawings of William Kurelek, by W.Kurelek, Tundra Books, 1988; A Memoir of William Kurelek, by B.Dedora, Aya Press, 1989; William Kurelek The Messanger, by M.J.Hughes, AGGV, 2011; illustrator and author of several books including A Prairie Boy's Summer, A Prairie Boy's Winter, A Northern Nativity, They Sought a New World, plus others; N.G.C. Vol.2, G-K, ed.C.Hill, pg.390; MacDonald Vol.3 pg.693; Westbridge, Vol.2, pg.101; listed on Artists in Canada, a Union List of Artists' Files, by National Gallery of Canada Library et al, Canadian Heritage Information Network [CHIN] website