William Kurelek (1927-1977) was the son of Ukrainian immigrants to Canadaand was raised on rural farms in Alberta and Manitoba. Unsuited to farm work,he bore the brunt of his father’s frustration in the difficult yearsof the Great Depression and felt contempt from his father about his lack ofmanliness. These experiences affected him deeply and led him to withdraw intohimself.2
William Kurelek (1927-1977), Canadian. Cover: The Maze, 1953. Gouache on board; 91 cm × 121 cm.Courtesy of the Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum, Beckenham, England.Figure appearing in “Art and Images in Psychiatry” article: Out of the Maze, 1971. Mixed media on board; 94.5 cm ×125 cm. Courtesy of the Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum.
Kurelek, Out of theMaze, 1971.
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