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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