Friday, January 27, 2012

Morrisseau 'A Brilliant Painter'

Excerpt from Vancouver Sun article:
"He was a brilliant painter," Don Robinson, Morrisseau's principal art dealer in Toronto between 1989 and his death, said in an interview Thursday.

"This man is better recognized around the world than many Canadian artists," he added.

He recalled that Morrisseau instantly earned acclaim at his first art show in 1962 at the Jack Pollock gallery.

"He had almost overnight fame," he said, adding that Morrisseau's shows at Robinson's gallery repeatedly sold out.

Robinson's gallery, the Kinsman Robinson Galleries in Toronto, now run by his son Paul Robinson, has scheduled a 50-year retrospective of Morrisseau's work next September.  Read more »
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Monday, January 23, 2012

NMHS Public Statement

"The NMHS is aware that there are many works available for sale to the public that are falsely attributed to Norval Morrisseau. When buying a work of art, ask the art dealer or art gallery about the origin and source of the work."

Part of a public statement issued by The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) in 2006. So let's debunk some of the myths: The NMHS have not disbanded. The official database recognizing Norval Morrisseau's life's work continues to expand. Sotheby's and Joyner Waddington's auction houses each withdrew alleged Morrisseaus prior to their respective 2011 fall sales. An authoritative text on Norval Morrisseau is underway.  Read more »

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Morrisseau Archive Footage, 1967

Here's some early CBC archive footage of Norval Morrisseau at age 37 filmed on location in Beardmore, Ontario during 1967.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Morrisseau's Studio, Nanaimo 2001

It's 2012 and you're in for a treat. For starters, here's a rare glimpse inside Norval Morrisseau's former Crace Street studio in the city of Nanaimo. It was a two-story building with stairs to a loft. Visible are Norval's big-screen TV (before they became so mainstream) which he enjoyed immensely as well as many of the collectables with which Morrisseau liked to surround himself. Note the varied and diverse artworks (from carvings to painted drums) and the abundance of green houseplants — a few of the things that stood out in my mind. It seemed to me like a bright and cheery place within which to live and to paint. Imagine traveling back in time and being in that studio while Norval worked. Though Gabe Vadas rented a nearby house, he spent many a night sleeping in the loft in order to properly care for Norval. I remember so distinctly, moments before leaving to catch our flight to the mainland, Norval asked if we could bring him some Gatorade. So, off we went in search of a case of Gatorade. 
— Happy 2012 from KRG — Thanks to everyone who follows us on Twitter. Here's to 50 years since Norval Morrisseau's surge in popularity and to celebrating all things Morrisseau!
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