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.