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Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau


Norval Morrisseau (1931-2007), also known as Copper Thunderbird, was an Aboriginal Canadian artist. Known as the "Picasso of the North", Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his people, the cultural and political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions, his existential struggles, and his deep spirituality and mysticism.

One of Morrisseau's early commissions was for a large mural in the Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo 67, a revolutionary exhibit voicing the dissatisfaction of the First Nations People of Canada with their social and political situation.

He was presented with the Order of Canada in 1978, and with honourary doctorates from McGill and McMaster Universities in 1980. In 1989 he was invited, to exibit at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris to mark the bicentennial of the French Revolution. In 1995 he was awarded with the eagle feather (the highest honour awarded by the the Assembly of First Nations). In 1996 he was appointed Grand Shaman of the Ojibway and in 2005 he was elected to the ranks of The Royal Society of Canada.

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa had in 2006 a major retrospective of his works: "Norval Morrisseau - Shaman Artist" - the first solo exhibition featuring a First Nations artist in its history.

Norval Morrisseau paintings are part of museums as well as private and corporate collections all over the world.

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Norval Morrisseau


Norval Morrisseau - Wabino-Wiin-Shaman (1960-1964)


Title: Wabino-Wiin-Shaman (1960-1964)

Medium: Acrylic on illustration board

Condition: Excellent.

Dimensions: Unframed: 29.75" x 20.0"(75.56cm x 50.8cm) / Framed: 38.0" x 28.0"(96.52cm x 71.12cm)

Signature: Signed lower right.

Literature: Reproduced at page 11 in Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective Catalogue, Sep 15 - Oct 20, 2012, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto. Similar Norval Morrisseau painting "Ancestral Portrait (1964)" also depicting an ancient Ojibway is reproduced at page 77 in "Sinclair, Lister & Pollock - The art of Norval Morrisseau" (ISBN 0-458-93820-3).

Exhibited: Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Sep 15 - Oct 20, 2012, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto.

Framed: Museum quality framed for conservation using high quality gallery frame and Tru Vue museum glass.

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