Kuch, Peter

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Kuch, Peter

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Born 23 February 1917 to Ann and Martin Kuch, Peter Kuch was an editorial cartoonist and freelance commercial artist known for his portrait and landscape works which were exhibited in solo and group shows. In addition, Kuch contributed illustrations to several local and community publications which included The Flying Ship and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales (1975) aimed at children and The Ukrainian Canadians: A History (1975), among others. He graduated from St. John’s Technical High School in 1933 and later trained for four years under Alexander Musgrove, founder of the Winnipeg School of Fine Arts. He would then go on to teach at the Saturday Morning Art School. He flew in the Royal Canadian Air Force starting in 1942 as a commissioned Flight Officer during the Second World War. After being discharged in 1945 Kuch joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1947, working in the art department and taking over as editorial cartoonist in 1952 following the retirement of Arch Dale. He would hold the position until his death on 14 June 1980. In addition to publishing two collections of cartoons, one titled Dief: The Incredible Chief (1977) featuring material from across 25 years depicting and lampooning John Diefenbaker, his cartoons, oil and pastel, and watercolour works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the Untied States, and across Europe. In recognition of his work he received the Citizen’s Award of Merit of the City of Winnipeg in 1970. Kuch gifted the fonds to Oseredok in 1980.


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Worked at the Winnipeg Free Press from 1947-1980 and was the editorial cartoonist from 1952-1980. Flew in Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1945 as a commissioned Flight Officer during the Second World War. Received Citizen’s Award of Merit of the City of Winnipeg in 1970.

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Created March 2021


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