HEAVY SNOW ON BALSAM AVE. IN THE BEACH NEIGHBOURHOOD – WILLIAM KURELEK (1927-77)

WILLIAM KURELEK RCA is one of Canada’s best known painters. The son of Ukrainian immigrant farmers, he grew up during the Great Depression on farms in Alberta and Manitoba. He worked in construction in Edmonton and Thunder Bay, and as a waiter at TORONTO’s Royal York Hotel. Books of his work have titles like ‘A Prairie Boy’s Summer’, ‘Lumberjack’, ‘The Last of the Arctic’ and ‘O Toronto’. Many of Kurelek’s paintings were produced to accompany children’s storybooks.