Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thank you for making 2010 a success

Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) would like to thank everyone who helped to make 2010 such a success. First and foremost, thank you to our loyal customers. Our success is due to customers like you, who faithfully support our gallery. Thanks goes to Dale Barrett whose inspiring designs have helped transform KRG's exhibition catalogues into lasting records.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Norval Morrisseau's 'Creation' Paintings

The overt subject matter of Norval Morrisseau's painting, The Sacred Bear Giving Children And Animals A Ride (1989) is the theme of creation. Species pairing brings forth new life. Just as the third whole circle comes from the two divided circles, the twin bears and the twin children reinforce the idea that from two comes three—a new life.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Norval Morrisseau and Victoriaville Mall

Norval Morrisseau (pictured far right) had a show in Thunder Bay on April 4 and 5, 2002 at the Victoriaville Mall. Helping with the exhibition were family members Christian Morriseau (son-pictured left), Eugene Morriseau (son), Christie Kakegamic (granddaughter), Tammy Morriseau (granddaughter), Kyle Morriseau (grandson), and Joshim Kakegamic (grandson). All of the paintings in this "series" have a thumbprint as well as a "Copper Thunderbird" signature. Lots of photos were taken showing Norval Morrisseau surrounded by family members and upwards of 60 paintings. A stack of works on paper were sent to KRG at the time; they were all promptly returned to Thunder Bay. KRG advised the Morrisseau family that the gallery could not market any of these paintings.
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Morrisseau Inspects 'Fake' Morrisseaus

Norval Morrisseau is pictured together with Society members of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) inspecting "fake" Morrisseaus in 2005. Over several years leading up to the creation of the NMHS, Norval Morrisseau became increasingly concerned over the dishonour to his reputation and the profiteering by those who participate in the distribution of purported Morrisseau works.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Morrisseau Asserted His 'Moral Rights' In Copyright Law

Years before he died, Norval Morrisseau asserted his moral rights (guaranteed under the Berne Convention) by disclaiming authorship of numerous purported Morrisseaus in notarized affidavits over a two-year period from 2003 to 2005. Filed in Superior Court in Ontario, these documents are part of the public record.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

In memoriam - Norval Morrisseau

Died in Toronto on December 4th 2007 from complications of Parkinson's. Born Jean-Baptiste Norman Henry Norval Morrisseau, C.M., LL.D., D.Litt., R.C.A., R.S.C., on March 14, 1932, the artist was quickly propelled into the spotlight with the instantaneous success of Jack Pollock's first sold-out exhibition in 1962.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

CBC Delved Into Morrisseau Forgery Issue

In a fascinating exposé, CBC's Mellissa Fung delves into the Morrisseau forgery issue back in 2005. Norval Morrisseau's lawyer, Aaron Milrad of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC), discusses the fraud as well as the urgency for getting to the root of the matter. For the record, the allegations against KRG brought before The Competition Bureau were deemed to be 'without merit' and promptly dismissed. Watch the news video clip here.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Distinguishing Morrisseau Paintings and the Imitations

Professor James Z. Wang (College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University) published an informative research paper on digital painting analysis on August 15, 2009. The following is taken from the Abstract: The technique has been applied to the paintings of renowned aboriginal Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau. Through computerized analysis of his authentic works and the imitations, it is revealed that the curves in his authentic paintings exhibit his commanding painting skills. The smooth and steady flow of the curves show less hesitancy of the artist [Morrisseau] than the authors of counterfeit works. The paper is titled: Characterizing Elegance of Curves Computationally for Distinguishing Morrisseau Paintings and the Imitations. Read the PDF here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

KRG Not Implicated In 'Old Art Scam'

To set the record straight: Various defamatory remarks posted online about Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) are absolutely untrue. It's unfortunate that these individuals—who are pursuing their own interests—have chosen a public forum to discuss this matter. Make no mistake, KRG are taking active steps to deal with this issue. KRG stands behind the art that it sells with an unblemished record over 30 years in the art business.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Morrisseau Book Makes Perfect Holiday Gift

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books (2005)
  • Language: English
Publisher's description: A true celebration of the art and life of this remarkable man, Norval Morrisseau: Return to the House of Invention, provides insights into the artist's imagination and mastery of his medium. In three essays, and the quotations that accompany the paintings, we learn about Morrisseau's approach to his work and the important historical and cultural influences that shaped his art.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wanted to Buy | Quality works by Norval Morrisseau

Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) are currently seeking quality works by Norval Morrisseau to include in our follow-up exhibition: Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Foreword by Dr. Trudy Nicks, ROM

Almost three years have now passed since Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau—Copper Thunderbird—left this world. In his lifetime Morrisseau earned international acclaim for his innovative, vibrant, sometimes provocative art style. Based in traditional Ojibwa visual imagery, Morrisseau’s style has inspired many other artists, but remains in a class by itself.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

One word: Genuine

Norval Morrisseau's The Sacred Lake Fish, 1973
Acrylic on kraft paper
23.5x36inches, 59.69x91.44cm
Provenance: The Pollock Gallery, Toronto; Acquired from the artist
"To the Indian a fish represents the human soul, one turns into a fish as the asteral (sic) body journeys into the land of his supernatural totemic existence; if it appears that he has pleased his ancestoral (sic) abode his place there will be forever..." 
— Norval Morrisseau
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Morrisseau prints published exclusively for IKEA

These three limited edition hand-pulled silkscreen prints were published by KRG as a set titled "In Spirit We Are One" on behalf of Norval Morrisseau exclusively for IKEA Canada in 2003. They were presented by IKEA management as year-end gifts to employees and their families.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Norval Morrisseau at 11th ART TORONTO | TIAF

Norval Morrisseau's original painting, Child With Headdress (1997, acrylic on canvas 46 1/4 x 36 inches) is pictured hanging on the "Masterpiece Wall" at the Art Dealers Association of Canada | ADAC booth at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada's top convention and trade-show facility located in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Provenance: Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto; Acquired from the artist.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

G8 Leaders Gather For A Working Lunch

In this historic photo, Norval Morrisseau's original painting, "Apprentice Transforming And Observing" (1996), is seen hanging behind U.S. President Barack Obama. Currently, this painting is on display as part of KRG's 2010 Retrospective. Formerly, it was on loan to the Federal Government as part of an art installation to enhance the surroundings during the 36th G8 Summit.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dear Collector

With great pleasure, I would like to invite you to view our upcoming exhibition, Norval Morrisseau 2010 Retrospective, opening on October 16 and continuing until November 20.

Each painting comes with a unique story: Two works were exhibited at the G20 summit. Six works were sold originally by Jack Pollock. Select works came to the gallery directly from the artist during his lifetime.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Norval Morrisseau 2010 Retrospective catalogue

Oct 16 - Nov 20, 2010
Catalogue available | 24 Pages | Trade Paperback | English
Foreword by Dr. Trudy Nicks, ROM
32 paintings & drawings by celebrated Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau spanning four decades | On view beginning Oct 2, 2010
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Norval Morrisseau 2010 Retrospective

 "Ojibwa Bear In Fish Spawn" was shown at Jack Pollock's premier groundbreaking Morrisseau exhibition in 1962. This is just one of the early Morrisseaus in this retrospective that covers all periods of the artist's work. There are at least a half-dozen works from each of the artist's major decades. Other special subjects include "Kateri, Lily of the Mohawks," "The Sacred Bear Giving Children And Animals A Ride," "Thunderbird," and "Merman Is The Lord And Ruler of The Water of The World."
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