Friday, June 17, 2011

And Morrisseau Painted The Astral Plane

Norval Morrisseau's mural-size canvas—A Separate Reality—hangs prominently inside the Canadian Museum of Civilization at Gatineau, Quebec. Painted between the years 1979 and 1984, it serves as a potent reminder of the powerful subject matter—the sheer, awe-inspiring majesty—that Norval Morrisseau was fully capable of rendering at this pivotal time in his artistic career. Jack Pollock discussed Norval Morrisseau's work during the NFB film from 1974: "I saw a sense of purpose, a direction, and an inner strength. Looking at it from a painting point of view, I found an incredible sense of design, a power of imagery, and a uniqueness. You know, there is a sense of the unique. Obviously, he is one of the few people who have interpreted the legends and myths. But, his images of those demigods, the animal world, the Merman—things of this type were unique to himself, I felt. I felt that I had not seen this before." Click on image to enlarge.
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