Saturday, September 29, 2012

Morrisseau's Shaman Transforming With Bears

Norval Morrisseau
Shaman Transforming With Bears, 1986 [SOLD]
Acrylic on canvas
47.5x29.5 in, 120.65x74.93 cm
Provenance: Private Collection, Maple Ridge, BC; Acquired from the artist
Reproduced: p. 16,  Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Norval Morrisseau 2010 Retrospective. Toronto, 2010.
Exhibited: Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Sep 15 - Oct 20, 2012, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto.

»This original Morrisseau depicts of the story of how the spirits of their ancestors inhabit the bear. The split background is a reference to Morrisseau's belief in the religious movement known as Eckankar—three distinct colours denote separate planes of existence. Light blue offered protection to the soul. Bear always held a special significance for the artist. Not only was Morrisseau a member of the Bear Clan, but sacred bear communicated with Morrisseau during his Vision Quest. Morrisseau never lost sight of the underlying strength of this important subject matter over his artistic career.
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Friday, September 21, 2012

2012 Retrospective @ Kinsman Robinson Galleries

Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective @ Kinsman Robinson Galleries
September 15 - October 20, 2012
Honouring 50 years of Morrisseau history
40-page colour catalogue available

Norval Morrisseau's major dealer and principal gallery is showcasing a 50-year retrospective of Morrisseau's artwork from Sep 15 until Oct 20, 2012. "Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective" features photographs of the revered artist and 46 original 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. Five decades later, Morrisseau's artwork is notable for its kaleidoscopic colour, bold black outlines and sacred imagery. Morrisseau's signature style has cemented the artist as an icon of Canadian art.

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 one of the biggest Morrisseau exhibitions of recent years featuring both paintings and drawings by the iconic Canadian painter Norval Morrisseau.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Honouring 50 years of Morrisseau history

Celebrate 50 years of Morrisseau history with the gallery that represented Norval Morrisseau and supported the artist during his lifetime. On view are several never-before-exhibited artworks from prominent Morrisseau collectors, including Lister Sinclair (who co-wrote the book, The Art of Norval Morrisseau), Edna Fulford (who ran the Beardmore lumber yard and hardware store), Walter Ard (who taught at the Red Lake School) and Robert Houle (who attended the Beardmore tea party). September 14, 2012 marks the 50-year anniversary of Jack Pollock's first sold-out exhibit which catapulted Morrisseau to international acclaim. Within the first three days, 28 paintings by Norval Morrisseau had been sold. Around the same time, self-taught archaeologist, ethnologist and author, Selwyn Dewdney wrote, "Norval's paintings have a passion, spontaneity and unpretentious simplicity that expose the emptiness of much contemporary painting." KRG's catalogued exhibition runs from Sep 15 to Oct 20, 2012.

Illustrated: Norval And Third Eye, 1976, Acrylic on canvas, 30x24 in, 76.2x60.96 cm. Provenance: Collection of Robert Houle, Toronto; Wells Gallery, Ottawa; The Pollock Gallery, Toronto; Acquired directly from the artist. Reproduced: p. 7, 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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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Morrisseau - Bold And Beautiful

Norval Morrisseau
Week-Kuno, Shaman In The Astral Plane, 1993
Acrylic on canvas
59x48in, 149.86x121.92cm
Provenance: Private collection, Ottawa; Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto; Collection of Gabe Vadas; Acquired from the artist
Reproduced: p. 4, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Toronto, 2012.
Exhibited: Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Sep 15 - Nov 20, 2012, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto.
the Child of God Send
into the Worald [sic]
to heaven experience.
in his Nightly Vishion [sic]
he knows he is not bound to
flesh - and it able's [sic] at free
will to come and go
in the Blue Worald [sic]
of Animals and pets
»Handwritten by Norval Morrisseau (verso, in graphite) in 1993.
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Norval Morrisseau Online Catalogue

Here's a digital copy (PDF) of KRG's upcoming exhibition, Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective — the fourth such exhibition of the late Norval Morrisseau in the past five years. Opening in a week's time on September 15, it marks 50 years since Jack Pollock's first sold-out Morrisseau show in Toronto during September, 1962. Toronto-based contemporary Anishnabe Saulteaux artist, Robert Houle, has contributed his newly written first-hand account chronicling Norval Morrisseau's legendary tea party from 1978, illustrated with never-before-seen photos, which makes exceedingly interesting reading.
Morrisseau 2012 Catalogue
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Morrisseau's painting Raven And The Sun

Norval Morrisseau
Raven And The Sun, c. 1966 [SOLD]
Acrylic on artist board
24x45.25 in, 60.96x114.935 cm
Provenance: By descent - Collection of Lorna McConnell, Ontario;
Acquired from the artist
Reproduced: pp. 16-17,  Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Toronto, 2012.
Exhibited: Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Sep 15 - Nov 20, 2012, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto.
One day in anchient [sic] times
there was no sun in the sky.
As the huge raven was flying
low by the ocean he seen [sic]
a very shinning pepple [sic] or stone.
Being very mischief and
curious took the stone into
its mouth and swallowed
it the the [sic] Raven flyed [sic]
into the sky feeling very funny
becane [sic] to vomit out comes
the stone bursting into flames
And light upon the earth
for the stone (being really
the sun) took orbit.
Today much respect is held
to Ravens by the Ojibwa
Indian for his curiousty [sic]
bought [sic] light upon the earth.
»Handwritten by Norval Morrisseau (in graphite, on 3-hole punched narrow-ruled paper) around the time of Jack Pollock's art class at the Beardmore Elementary School in Aug 1962.
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