Thursday, August 23, 2012

Norval Morrisseau's iconic Canadian art

Norval Morrisseau
Untitled (Sacred Bear), c. 1969
Acrylic on kraft board
30x32 in, 76.2x81.28 cm
Signed/framed
»Affectionately referred to as "dancing bear" by gallery staff, Norval Morrisseau executed this particular painting with a high degree of craftsmanship and skill during the late 1960s. The subject matter, skill level and style as well as the earth tones (that were part of Morrisseau's ever-popular colour palette) are telltale signs that you're looking at the real deal.
Provenance: Private collection, Montreal; The Shayne Gallery, Montreal; Artist’s agent working for Indian and Northern Affairs, Kenora; Acquired from the artist
Reproduced: p. 35,  Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Toronto, 2012.
Exhibited: Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Sep 15 - Nov 20, 2012, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Famed Morrisseau graces Canadian Art mag

Norval Morrisseau's original painting titled, Nature's Balance, 1975 (acrylic on kraft paper, 73x48 in, 185.4x121.9 cm) is featured in a full-page ad in the Fall issue of Canadian Art magazine (hits newsstands Sep 15).  It announces KRG's upcoming Morrisseau exhibit, 2012 Retrospective, honouring 50 years of Morrisseau history, where the painting will be on public display.  It's been half a century since Norval Morrisseau burst onto the Canadian art scene with his first sold-out show at Toronto's Pollock Gallery in September 1962.  The art world changed forever the day Morrisseau first laid brush to canvas and began to paint the legends of his people.  He gave the next generation of indigenous artists a new mode of expression to call their own, based on the now famous pictographic style once referred to as "The new age of Indian art".
Provenance: Collection of Faith Sinclair, TorontoAcquired directly from the artist.  Reproduced: p. 114, Sinclair/Pollock, The Art of Norval Morrisseau. Toronto: Methuen Publications, 1979; p. 55, Carpenter, Carole, artmagazine (Nov/Dec 1979); Time magazine, 1975.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

50-year retrospective honours Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau's major dealer and principal gallery will showcase a 50-year retrospective of Morrisseau's artwork from Sep 15 until Oct 20, 2012. "Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective" will feature photographs of the revered artist as well as 50 works of art in order to celebrate the fifty-year anniversary since Morrisseau burst onto the Canadian art scene.

Norval Morrisseau came to prominence following his first sold-out exhibition at Toronto's Pollock Gallery in 1962. Time Magazine (Sep 28, 1962) reported, “Few exhibits in Canadian history have touched off a greater immediate stir than Morrisseau's.” It's a statement that was true half a century ago and still holds true today. Time wrote, "The Toronto critics approved unanimously and speculated that self-taught Morrisseau may have launched a vogue as chic as that of the Cape Dorset Eskimo's prints."

Founded in 1980, Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) specializes in Norval Morrisseau art of exceptional calibre and significance. The gallery co-authored two hardcover books along with Norval Morrisseau. KRG has held three catalogued exhibitions since Norval Morrisseau passed away. 2012 Retrospective is set to be one of the biggest Morrisseau exhibitions of recent years featuring both paintings and drawings by the iconic Canadian painter Norval Morrisseau. (Originally posted on Tues. Feb 7, 2012).

Illustrated: Nature's Balance, 1975, Acrylic on kraft paper, 73x48 in, 185.4x121.9 cm, Provenance: Collection of Faith Sinclair, Toronto; Acquired directly from the artist.  Reproduced: p. 114, Sinclair/Pollock, The Art of Norval Morrisseau. Toronto: Methuen Publications, 1979; p. 55, Carpenter, Carole, artmagazine (Nov/Dec 1979); Time magazine (Aug 25, 1975). Exhibited: Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Sep 15 - Nov 20, 2012, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto.
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