Friday, October 31, 2008

Shamans of Norval Morrisseau (Part X)

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"Shaman with Apprentice", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau
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"Many times people tell me that I’ve cured them of something, whatever’s ailing them. But I didn’t do anything. It was the colour of the painting that did it. But now it’s even much stronger. The healing is much stronger than it ever was. What I finally find is this: We could live with turmoil and the anguish in everything and still we could feel contented and happy and compassionate. What we got rid of is the stress with colour.”
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* The painting in this posting: "Shaman with Apprentice", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

Catholic Influences on Norval Morrisseau (Part I)

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"Jesus Christ", © 1970s Norval Morrisseau
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"I have always been attracted to religious paintings, but only the ones that had that mystical or supernatural quality in them, especially Saint Teresa by Bernini. Just looking at Saint Teresa I get some kind of vibrations from it. I can close my eyes and feel them. That's great art, and it brings on that tingling sexual feeling. Other saints, like Saint Sebastian, do that as well. But the Christ figure was always the one that was dominant for me.That's why I say that Christ to me is still the greatest shaman, and that is why some religious visions are so complex, and so very hard to explain to people. So whenever you are looking at my pictures, you are looking at my visions, whatever they may be."
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* The painting in this posting: "Jesus Christ", © c. 1970s Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

Thunderbirds of Norval Morrisseau (Part V)

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"Thunderbird with Hatchlings", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau
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* The painting in this posting: "Thunderbird with Hatchlings", 48"x24", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

Shamans of Norval Morrisseau (Part IX)

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* The painting in this posting: "Title not Known", © c. 1970s Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

Norval Morrisseau Inorganics (Part III)

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* The painting in this posting: "Title not Known", © c. 1970s Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Blog Master's Public Address VI

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The Following are the galleries not being attacked by Ritchie Sinclair a.k.a. Stardreamer's www.morrisseau.com:
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Is it possible that the galleries listed in posting "Blog Master's Public Address V" with combined exposure and experience to Norval Morrisseau's art that amounts to more than 500 years are WRONG and that the above listed galleries with combined exposure and experience that amounts to only about 50 years are RIGHT when it comes to honourably presenting and selling authenitic pieces of art done by Norval Morrisseau?
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How is it possible that in the last 30 years NONE of the galleries listed in the posting "Blog Master's Public Address V" have been sued for selling non-authentic Norval Morrisseau's paintings and that NONE of the Norval Morrisseau paintings exhibited in their galleries have ever been proven to be non-authentic?
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The reason behind these controversies which are shaking Norval Morrisseau's Art World is due to the fact that individuals and galleries that were closely associated with the artist have been spreading false statements that paintings of a certain style were not done by Norval Morrisseau's hand. Particularily those paintings from the 1970's presented on this blog and that have been offered for sale for more than three decades in galleries all across Canada. I could understand that they are trying "to harness" the secondary market; but discrediting a large body of work by Norval Morrisseau shows great disrespect to the artist and their actions cannot be tolerated. In my opinion they are harming the Norval Morrisseau art market and consequently his legacy.-
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I am dissapointed that Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society is not honouring their mission statement which states:-
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"The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society was established at the request of Norval Morrisseau to research, document and preserve his artistic achievement and protect the integrity of his art. It seeks to achieve this mission by establishing and maintaining a registry of his works, publishing and updating a catalogue raisonne of his artistic output and providing the necessary expertise to authenticate his art."-
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Blog Master's Public Address V

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"This Blog is posted in honour of the Mind, Body and Spirit of Copper Thunderbird better known as Norval Morrisseau - Grand Shaman of the Ojibway."
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I, Spirit Walker, would like to thank you all for your comments posted on this "NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG". It is proving to be an exciting success as we have always anticipated it would be. The subject is dynamic and evolving to say the least.
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It has come to my attention that there are a number of Norval Morrisseau's works that are being called forgeries. These are pieces from both private collections and retail galleries. Some of the works have come from my collection as well as a number of pieces that I have seen with my own eyes in galleries that have nothing to gain by selling forgeries. I believe there is a larger group involved other than Stardreamer ("blackmagic") with much more to gain by calling these works forgeries.
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People are involved from the top of the food chain to the bottom and they dont have Norval's legacy as a priority.
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Galleries that are selling later works by Norval Morrisseau are the ones most threatened by the earlier works by Norval Morrisseau. Here is a list of the galleries that Ritchie Sinclair has attacked by posting these defamatory articles himself coming in under the name of "blackmagic" instead of his usual name of Stardreamer:
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Galleries of Avalon (eBay)
Seventh Generation Gallery
Old Downtown Gallery
Qualicum Frameworks Gallery
Northwind Art Gallery
Whetung Gallery
Bearclaw Gallery
Maslak McLeod Gallery
Woodland Art Gallery
Gallery DeBoer
Bockley Gallery
Artworld of Sherway
Ahnisnabae Art Gallery
Gallery on the Lake
Gallery Calligrammes
G.A.H enterprises
Wah-sa Gallery
Gallery 260
Arctic Fine Arts
Micah Gallery
Artcube Gallery
Bay of Spirits Gallery
Black Sheep Gallery
Woodland Gallery
Turtle Island Gallery
Redkettle Art & Collectibles
Northern Art Impressions Gallery
The Four Directions Native Art and Crafts Gallery
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Where is the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) when it comes to this blatant dishonesty? Who says that these works are forgeries? Where are the credentials backing up these ludicrous statements? There are pieces that have been scrutinized by the same forensic company that the RCMP uses and they have been deemed authentic. I am sorry, but there are too many questions to be answered in order for me to take this seriously. This alone has to be the worst slander to the most collectors that I have ever seen. This hurts the entire art market but hurts Norval's legacy the most.
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From the very beginning of this blog's life I have been open to everyone to share in the experiences regarding the Shaman Artist - Norval Morrisseau. I have given everyone a chance to contribute and with a certain number of people I have developed a closer relationship due to the love and passion we share for Norval Morrisseau's art.
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One individual, Ritchie Sinclair a.k.a. Stardreamer, has taken advantage of my openness and good heartedness and made me believe that he is in "it" for the same sincere reasons that I am.
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I was wrong by refusing to take warnings in regards to Stardreamer for the reasons that I am an individual who can only judge others based on my own experiences with them. I posted many articles about Ritchie Sinclair to promote this artist and his work.
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He was successful in hiding behind a sheep's skin that made me believe that everything he does was honourable. I was wrong, but I cannot be accused for any wrongdoings and I do not need to alopoligize to anyone for my actions. My true intentions were honourable and Richie Sinclair a.k.a. Stardreamer took adavantage by deceiving me.
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About one week ago when I "discovered" his presentation on www.morrisseau.com. I confronted him with my disagreement telling him that based on my own experience most of the paintings presented under user name "blackmagic" are authentic and there are no reasons that he could achieve anything positive by presenting the case based on his "liking or disliking" of the many pieces he maliciously labelled forgeries. It is important to note that some paintings need to be examined in person to state with certainty if they are authentic or not.
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Few of the paintings presented by "blackmagic" which is actually Ritchie Sinclair a.k.a. Stardreamer himself as per his own admission to me were in my personal collection. I cannot understand an individual who was Norval Morrisseau's apprentice would do anything to discredit art pieces by Norval Morrisseau for his personal gain?
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The reason why I started this blog almost a year ago was due to false statements made by Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery and individuals closely associated with Norval Morrisseau regarding paintings in question. I felt the need to create a platform that will speak for Norval when this priviledge to speak for himself was put in the hands of others that were only interested in their personal financial gain by putting the Legacy of Norval Morrisseau aside.
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This website www.morrisseau.com is a disservice to Norval Morrisseau, his legacy and the people of Canada. It is full of lies put forth by the people who have little or no expertise to judge the authenticity of Norval Morrisseau's and who are acting only for greed of others using false histories as their methods of deception. I am told that a lawsuit has been prepared against Ritchie Sinclair a.k.a. Stardreamer and that there are more to follow by the galleries mentioned above.
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I am a strong believer that Norval Morrisseau's Legacy belongs to his people "the Great Ojibway" and to family that bears his name - Morrisseau Family.
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Shamans of Norval Morrisseau (Part VIII)

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"Shaman Spirit", © 1980s Norval Morrisseau
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"Today we wonder and are distracted by the white man's ways that we cannot cope with. Those of us who are lucky have made it. But a lot of us are still behind, by trying to live like our white brothers and their religion, ignoring our great ancestors' culture. If one has an intelligent mind we could live side by side with our ancient ways and same time get us where we should be."
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Norval Morrisseau Inorganics (Part II)

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"Visions of Evil Inorganics", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau
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Norval Morrisseau Moose (Part I)

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Words of Genius XXXII

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"I want my work to be cornerstone for Indian art, to provide something that will last".
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Norval Morrisseau Inorganics (Part I)

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"Inorganics", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau
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Norval Morrisseau Aquatics (Part I)

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Shamans of Norval Morrisseau (Part VII)

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Childlike Simplicity X

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Words of Genius XXXI

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Mother Earth (Part II)

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>"You Tube" presentation<

* To view all "You Tube" presentations on the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG click HERE.

Beavers of Norval Morrisseau (Part II)

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Serpents of Norval Morrisseau (Part I)

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Thunderbirds of Norval Morrisseau (Part IV)

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Medicine Wheels of Norval Morrisseau (Part I)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Norval Morrisseau - Shaman Artist" 2006

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Thunderbirds of Norval Morrisseau (Part III)

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Words of Genius XXIX

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Shamans of Norval Morrisseau (Part VI)

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Astral World of Norval Morrisseau (Part II)

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Words of Genius XXVIII

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"I transmit astral plane harmonies through my brushes into the physical plane. These otherworld colours are reflected in the alphabet of nature, a grammar in which the symbols are plants, animals, birds, fishes, earth and sky. I am merely a channel for the spirit to utilize, and it is needed by a spirit starved society."
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* The painting in this posting: "Butterfly", 16"x20", © c. 1970s Norval Morrisseau

Sacred World of Norval Morrisseau (Part III)

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"Sacred Thunderbird", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau
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"These paintings only remind you that you're an Indian. Inside somewhere, we're all Indians. So now when I befriend you, I'm trying to get the best Indian, bring out the Indianness in you to make you think everything is sacred."
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* The painting in this posting: "Sacred Thunderbird", 53"x40", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wasakajak (Part I)

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"Wasakajak", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau
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The teaching about how a new Earth was created after the Great Flood is one of the classic Nanabush* Stories. It tells of how Nanabush managed to save himself by resting on a chi-mitig (huge log) that was floating on the vast expanse of water that covered Mother Earth.
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* - a trickster; Ojibway hold Nanabush as essential to any contact with the sacred.
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Note: Norval Morrisseau in most of his paintings calls Nanabush as Wasakajak (Wisakedjak; It is spelled also Weesack-kachack) which is the most common term for a trickster that Cree people use in their legend stories.
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* The painting in this posting: "Wasakajak", 52"x54", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau

Words of Genius XXVII

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"To accomplish what I have started and to die in it feeling I have fulfilled what I started - to reach a level where I and Manitou and the Indian will always keep the Indian faith alive - to be a great Artist and Preserver of Indian culture. I accept it fully as a duty in life which was set forth for, to set an example."
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Shamans of Norval Morrisseau (Part V)

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"Evil Serpent Tempts Shaman", © c. 197os Norval Morrisseau
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"Many times people tell me that I’ve cured them of something, whatever’s ailing them. But I didn’t do anything. It was the colour of the painting that did it. But now it’s even much stronger. The healing is much stronger than it ever was. What I finally find is this: We could live with turmoil and the anguish in everything and still we could feel contented and happy and compassionate. What we got rid of is the stress with colour.”
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* The painting in this posting: "Evil Serpent Tempts Shaman", 26"x23", © c. 197os Norval Morrisseau

Sacred World of Norval Morrisseau (Part II)

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"Sacred Medicine Bear", © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
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"How was it possible for this youth to reach back to the old feelings, to conceive the images that would bear the unmistakable stamp of his people? How could this firm pride originate in a community relegated to the status of third class citizens, constantly reminded of this status and defeated by it? What was there about this lad that earned for him in a medicine woman's dream the combined names of a powerful spirit and the metal traditionally sacred to the Lake Superior Ojibway- Copper Thunderbird?"
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* The painting in this posting: "Sacred Medicine Bear", 36"x30", © 1979 Norval Morrisseau /Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker's Private Collection/