"This is the Nemesis"
William Kurelek, "This is the Nemesis," 1965, mixed media on Masonite. Art Gallery of Hamilton, gift of Mrs. J. A. McCuaig, 1966. From kurelek.ca.
WILLIAM KURELEK GOES DIGITAL AT THE WINNIPEG ART GALLERY
Among the treasures stored online as part of the new joint venture kurelek.ca — a video of William Kurelek’s basement art studio and a trailer for the re-mastered 1970 documentary William Kurelek’s The Maze. Created as a collaborative project with the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and spearheaded by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the site leaves a lasting and accessible legacy for material collected for the recent WAG show William Kurelek: The Messenger. One of the most widely recognized Canadian painters of the 20th century, Kurelek’s illustrative, representational style captured ordinary life on the prairies, but covered for a lifetime of hospitalization and psychological illness, which manifested itself in paintings with a more nightmarish cast. The interactive site was designed as a model of multimedia extension in visual art, creating opportunities to stretch the reach of The Messenger far beyond the exhibition walls.