Monday, February 13, 2012

Norval, the Natural-born Artist

 "My name is Norval," he said, "I have brought you some art." We noticed that his face was lit up by a pair of deep penetrating dark eyes, which seemed to express a strange mixture of both mockery and shyness. [. . .] even though his impassive features retained a look of childlike innocence, we would have to be particularly careful when a coy smile appeared on his face, this being a sure sign that he intended to pry something out of us. [. . .] despite being sparing of words, he was basically a very cunning individual who was well able to look after his own interests.
Excerpt by Joseph Weinstein, MD, author of The White Ojibway Medicine Man and Other Stories.  KRG is honoured to have had access to select works by Norval Morrisseau from the esteemed collection of Esther and Joseph Weinstein, Israel.  The Weinsteins were among the earliest and most influential patrons of Norval Morrisseau while they lived in the remote Red Lake area from 1955 to 1963 having collected over fifty works by the yet-to-be-recognized artist.  "In those days Norval was an Indian living in the woods," said Dr. Weinstein, "He had never before seen any other art or art books."  Dr. Weinstein personally inscribed KRG's copy of his 2009 book.  He wrote, "To Don and Paul of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries in tribute to your promotion of the art of Norval Morriseau."
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