Monday, December 24, 2012

William Kurelek's 'A Northern Nativity'

In his 1976 children's book A Northern Nativity*, renowned Canadian painter, illustrator, and writer William Kurelek (1927-1977), whose exceptional artwork is found in the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, D.C.), Gallery of Canada, and numerous other museums in North America and Europe, reconceived the story of Christ's birth in the northern snows of Canada. Below is a lovely video in which Kurelek's beautiful Nativity images have been set to When Winter Comes, a primarily instrumental composition by Chris de Burgh

* Available on Amazon

William Kurelek | The Messenger (Interactive Virtual Art Exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery)

Peter Goddard, "William Kurelek: The End Time", Canadian Art, March 15, 2012

Michael D. O'Brien, "The Passion of William Kurelek" at StudiObrien (This article originally appeared in IMAGE Journal, No. 9, Spring 1995.)

A special thanks to ArtWay for the link. (Laurel Gasque, associate editor at ArtWay, provided the Visual Meditation for December 23, 2012, "William Kurelek: Across the River from the Capital".)


S. Etole said...

Those were wonderful illustrations.


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