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