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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