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"Despondency" (1963; oil on masonite). William Kurelek underwent a radical shift in his view of himself as an artist after his conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1957.

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"I Spit on Life" (c. 1953-54; watercolour on board). While living in England in the fifties he had produced a body of dark, depressing paintings that documented his attempted suicide, his painful childhood recollections of growing up on the Prairies, and the general psychological and emotional anguish he had experienced throughout his life.

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"Polish-Irish Fight" (1977; mixed media on masonite). Prior to his conversion, Kurelek viewed himself as a romantic, a communist and an atheist, a three-part identity he abandoned in his re-invention as a proselytizer with a palette board and a message of impending and unavoidable Armageddon

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"This is the Nemesis" (1965; mixed media on masonite). This was Kurelek's apocalyptic vision of the destruction of Hamilton, Ont.

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