For my 400th post, let me tell you about two more Canadian painters. Both are known as exceptional and talented artists.
Let me start with Adrian Kleinbergen. He was born in 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta.. Kleinbergen has a vast array of talent: he does drawing, painting, jewellery design, sculpture, caricature, writing, costuming, and even magic!
In 1987, he started working in comics at Starstone and Darkewood for Aircel Publishing in Ottawa, Canada; He also ran his own publishing company, Ground Zero Graphics. Kleinbergen was the primary artist and a columnist for the national magic magazine, The Servante.
Kleinbergen has also worked as a professional comics inker for a variety of magazines and artists, and has displayed and sold artwork in a number of venues and galleries.
Speaking of Galleries, I suggest visiting Kleinbergen’s at: Adrian Kleinbergen at Epilogue.net Epilogue.net.
The next Canadian artist to be profiled is William Kurelek, born on March 3, 1927, near Whitford, Alberta; he died on November 3, 1977, in Toronto, Ontario. He was also a writer. His work was influenced by his childhood on the prairies, his Ukrainian-Canadian roots and his Roman Catholicism.
His family lost their grain farm during the Great Depression and moved to a dairy farm near Stonewall, Manitoba. He developed an early interest in art which was not encouraged by his hard-working parents.
By his mid-twenties he was living in England. In 1952, he suffered from clinical depression. He painted a series of 160 works on the Passion of Christ, and a series of 20 depicting the Nativity as if Christ had been born in Canadian settings: an igloo, a trapper’s cabin, a boxcar, a motel.
Writing and illustrating a series of children’s books, such as in 1974, when he illustrated a new edition of W.O. Mitchell’s Who Has Seen The Wind.
A substantial body of his work are held at Niagara Falls Art Gallery.