Canadian Fine Art Auction

May 25, 2015

LOT 42
WILLIAM KURELEK, R.C.A.
  • WILLIAM KURELEK, R.C.A.
  • WILLIAM KURELEK, R.C.A.

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WILLIAM KURELEK, R.C.A.

HIS OLD MAN’S PIPE

mixed media on masonite
signed with initials and dated ‘73; titled on the reverse
23 ins x 14 ins; 59.1 cms x 35.6 cms

Estimate $40,000-$60,000

Realised: $64,900
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

“Kurelek’s vision of childhood is powerful and alive…” Cloaked in the shadows of a plank-board building, a young boy sits in secrecy. He has opted out of his daily chores and has stolen away with his father’s pipe. The embers of the pipe glow a hot red – a colour which is mirrored in the distant barn. The building seems to stand watch – the constancy of farm operations and the authority of his father ever present, waiting for the boy’s return. Forgetting for a brief moment the fear of reprimand, the boy defies authority and basks in the daring delight.

Literature:

Ramsay Cook and Avrom Issacs, Kurelek Country: The Art of William Kurelek, Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto, page 11.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Toronto