1962 proved to be a pivotal year for Norval Morrisseau—$900 from Senator Grosart freed Norval from financial constraint so that he could paint all summer long. Then he met Jack Pollock who immediately offered him a solo show which subsequently "sold out" within a matter of days. Nancy Robinson and her mother Edna Fulford knew Norval Morrisseau personally and supported his artistic endeavors during his early years. This photo of Norval Morrisseau was taken by Nancy just outside Beardmore, Ontario in August 1962. “I went out to Norval's home with Jack [Pollock] and one or two newspaper reporters and some others,” said Nancy. “I took this photo with my camera while the reporters took theirs.” Edna Fulford ran the lumber yard and hardware store after her second husband, Earl, died and Norval sometimes bought painting supplies from her according to her daughter. Original photo donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by Nancy Robinson in memory of her mother Edna Fulford (née Jackson), 2008. Twitter | kinsmanrobinson.com
Kinsman Robinson enjoyed a long-standing and close relationship with Norval Morrisseau, C.M., LL.D., D.Litt., RCA, RSC (1931-2007). The gallery welcomed Norval Morrisseau to the stable in 1989 and hosted his comeback exhibition "The Shaman's Return", an event which wowed collectors and critics a year later. Kinsman Robinson's principals possess extensive experience and knowledge of Morrisseau’s art. Kinsman Robinson acted as Norval Morrisseau's primary gallery from 1989 until his death in 2007, so we’re well-versed in Morrisseau’s genuine paintings and their unique qualities. Kinsman Robinson specializes in Norval Morrisseau art of exceptional calibre and significance. Since 2008, Kinsman Robinson has consistently held biennial Norval Morrisseau retrospectives with accompanying full-colour catalogues.
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