William Kurelek


William Kurelek’s parents had emigrated from the Ukraine to Canada. He had a very unhappy childhood. He suffered increasing psychological problems. He came to England in 1952 and went straight to the Maudsley Hospital and asked to be admitted. He was a patient there for a few years, and subsequently an outpatient. Here is the best known painting he completed while with us. It is The Maze. He recovered. Employed as a picture framer initially he then became a full-time artist. He returned to Canada in 1959 and his first one-man show was in 1960. He became an artist of national importance and his paintings are widely known today. He died in 1977.

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