Turner the source Zeljko Kujundzic Graham Setters
and Graham Setters in Zeljko's studio in Osoyoos - summer of 1999
His many accomplishments as an
Architect include the design of Thunderbird Stadium at UBC. Not only did
he have an affinity for the best of Western art in general, he also had a kind
understanding of the natives of west coast Canada. This is surely felt in his
THUNDERBIRD design for the University of BC (seen below).
The diversity of his accomplishments range from Professorial and literary ones
(Torn Canvas 1957), to those that came strictly from the heart - those
creations of the fleeting moments and meditative hours of precious
contemplation: his paintings, ceramics, medals, and of course his masterful prints. One of the projects he worked on as
a youth is a stained glass panel, now to be seen at the Tate Gallery London.
Zeljko's novel, Torn
Canvas, reads as much like a spy thriller as it does a story about the
early life of an artist. After escaping during WWII from a German camp he was
captured and imprisoned by the Russians.
To quote the artist in adolescence, "Thus in my search for the secrets of life and
death I met with art again. It seemed to me that to everything in life there was
an answer in some form of art." (pp 20)
It might have been
difficult to find a more stern person than Zeljko - stoic, vital, and at
times prickly. And although he had the vigour and eagerness of a teenager, his gentlemanly kindness was always close to the surface. All of
this can be seen in his art! If there was ever a bit of comic relief with Zeljko, it was the summer he wandered about town with his beanie hat,
complete with a battery driven fan to combat the sweltering heat of 1998.
Dirty Little Secret