Saturday, February 19, 2011

Morrisseau Art of Exceptional Calibre and Significance

By deliberately limiting his palette, as he did in certain exceptional works from the '70s, Norval Morrisseau emphasized the beautiful flow as well as the linear shape design in his masterful compositions.  Animal Unity (1978) Acrylic on canvas, 50x108 in, 127x274 cm, reproduced on page 158, The Art of Norval Morrisseau (Sinclair/Pollock, Methuen Publications, 1979), shows the beauty in its rhythms and sense of sparseness, with a lot of emphasis on the design's linear aspects.
This painting's theme is one that Norval Morrisseau felt was among his most important and later became known as Morrisseau's "We Are All One" theme—his symbolic depiction of all creatures from land, water and air, shown together in harmony. Some twenty years later, Morrisseau would revisit this successful style in a few specific works that he executed during the mid-to-late '90s.
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