That evening we saw a documentary on his life and work called The Maze. It was followed by a discussion with one of the film makers and Kurelek's oldest son.
If you are lucky enough to live in Toronto, you, too can take in this film on Friday, October 19th. To quote the press release:
Brothers Nick and Zack Young produced, restored and reimagined their father’s unseen 1969 film about renowned Canadian artist, William Kurelek to bring this inspiring documentary to life. This screening launches the 20th Anniversary of Rendezvous with Madness and is held in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary celebration of the founding of St Anne’s Church.For more information, go to The Maze.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring issues of art, mental health, and faith. Confirmed as panel participants in the discussion on faith and mental health are: Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Rev. Gary van der Meer, visual artist Lisa Walter, filmmaker Nick Young, and William’s son Stephen Kurelek.
William Kurelek’s The Maze is dramatically told through his paintings and his on-camera revelations. The film takes an intimate look into the life of one of the 20th century’s most fascinating artists, his struggles with attempted suicide and a self professed “spiritual crisis.” Kurelek describes The Maze as “a painting of the inside of my skull which I painted while in England as a patient in Maudsley and Netherne psychiatric hospitals.”