Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More than 75,000 Unique Visitors of NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG since March 3, 2008

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"Norval Morrisseau Genuine Collage" by Spirit Walker
~ All paintings © by Norval Morrisseau
/For detailed examination click on image and for more information about paintings presented in this collage click HERE/


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Hi to all,
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I would like to thank you all for your contribution to this NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG. It is proving to be an exciting success as I have always anticipated it would be. The subject is dynamic and evolving to say the least.
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The main purpose of this blog is to share information with anyone interested in the Anishinaabe (Woodland) School of Art Movement that Norval Morrisseau and other early aboriginal artists started in the late 1950's. From this start that is linked to the cliff paintings seen along the canoe routes of antiquity, and others yet to be found in other sparsely settled areas of North and South America, Canada and the World has become aware of the artistic genius of Our aboriginal culture. This artistic genius doesn't stop at visual art alone but extends to the written and performing arts that are also being recognized.
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The artistic genius of Norval Morrisseau was best described by Jack Pollock (1930-1992) who wrote: "...Norval, with his incredible ability with the formal problems of art (colour-design-space) and his commitment to the world of his people, the great Ojibway, give one the sense of power that only genius provides... It is sufficient to say that in the history of Canadian Painting, few have, and will remain giants. Norval shall."
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Thank you for your continuing support.
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Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker
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Blog Master's Favourite Posts (Part I)

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* This post was originally published on May 27th, 2008 (click HERE)
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"Shaman Warrior", © 1990s Norval Morrisseau
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Two weeks ago I attended a major retrospective of Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau at Canada's National Gallery of Art. There is nothing 'western' about Morrisseau's art. It grows powerfully and organically out of his own people's Native tradition. It makes no apologies on behalf of its creator - indeed it confronts western sensibilities and announces its own potency. Morrisseau could care less if the 'white man' never declared him credible; he knows his authenticity. Like the great Nanibooshou of his people's legends, Morrisseau shakes his great head, lays down his foot and the leaves fall from the trees. Compare this to European art at the turn of the last century. Photography, a creature of western technology, had only recently reared its head prompting artists to run for the cover of ingenuity. "Something new, something new," became the 'Om' of art. That most deconstructionist of artists Pablo Picasso sheds an interesting light on all of this. When he and others in his circle began co-opting forms from oceanic and African cultures it was an admission of the desperate extremes western artists would go to in order 'break new ground.'
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And while their adoring publics were tittering about the greatness of these new maestros' wild and carnivorous works, the newly reforming masters of orthodoxy continued to mischaracterize the sources of Picasso et al's 'inspiration.' They continued to look down their noses at the 'primitives' (savages) who truly created the source art and their cultures. In Canada, Native artists who painted in styles and forms that grew authentically out of their own cultures had to live with the fact that in their own land their works were 'banished' from the cultural temples of white society - i.e. the major public art galleries. For over 40 years the 'esteemed' Art Gallery of Ontario revealed its ethnocentricity by declaring the works of Morrisseau and others as being fit only to be shown in ethnographic and natural history museums. How barren!
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Back to the Morrisseau exhibition in Ottawa. After viewing the showing, my wife and I decided to take in the works of the permanent collection. Walking through hall after hall of Flemish masters and Italian renaissance masters etc., we stumbled across a room labeled 'New York School.' Entering the room we were immediately confronted by two massive colour field paintings by Barnett Newman. One of these - 'Red Stripe' - was a triptych nearly 20 feet in height. It almost demanded an act of worship be done. I laughed out loud because, for one thing, it reminded me of my first viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Remember the scene at the end when the cavemen come upon the huge blank monolith, the drums pounding out the rhythm in the soundtrack... Enigmatic to say the least! In the end they worshipped nothing. My sincerest thanks for your patience in reading this rant. I make no apology though - I am, after all, a Mohawk.
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Source: Robert Genn's "The Painter's Keys"
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* The painting in this post: "Shaman Warrior", 48"x23", © 1990s Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Genius of Osho & Morrisseau (Part III)

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* This paintings was originally published on April 11th, 2009 (click HERE)
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"The World Is", 10'x12.5', © 1970s Norval Morrisseau
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“In a cinema hall, you look at the screen, you never look at the back - the projector is at the back. The film is not there really on the screen; it is just a projection of shadow and light. The film exists just at the back, but you never look at that. And the projector is there. Your mind is at the back of the whole thing, and the mind is the projector. But you always look at the other, because the other is the screen. When you are in love the person seems beautiful, no comparison. When you hate, the same person seems the ugliest, and you never become aware of how the same person can be the ugliest and the same person can be the most beautiful.... So the only way to reach to truth is to learn how to be immediate in your vision, how to drop the help of the mind. This agency of the mind is the problem, because mind can create only dreams.... Through your excitement the dream starts looking like reality. If you are too excited then you are intoxicated, then you are not in your senses. Then whatsoever you see is just your projection. And there are as many worlds as there are minds, because every mind lives in his own world.”

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>>> Reference posts:
- The Genius of Osho & Morrisseau (Part I) &

- The Genius of Osho & Morrisseau (Part II).
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* The art piece presented in this posting was painted with acrylic paint on movie screen in one of the movie theaters in Northern Ontario: "The World Is", 10'x12.5', © c. 1970s Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

"Morrisseau Signature Identification Article 101" (Part I)

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* Edited/Additional info: by Spirit Walker
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~ Signature Sample I
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"Loon Totemic Spirit and Grebes with Human", Original serigraph on Arches paper, 29 3/4''x35'', © 1976 Norval Morrisseau
Edition: 60 (Publisher: Triple K Cooperative Inc.)
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Signature of Norval Morrisseau from the serigraph print ''Loon Totemic Spirit and Grebes with Human" (1976) also presented on page 168 in the book THE ART OF NORVAL MORRISSEAU /Lister Sinclair, Jack Pollock, and Norval Morrisseau/; ISBN: 0-458-93820-3 /Toronto, Ontario: Methuen, 1979./
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Copyright 2003 Norval Morrisseau/Morrisseau Art Publishing
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>>> In this article you will learn valuable information and insight to identifying written and painted signatures done by the Master Artist Norval Morrisseau. Several known and published examples of Norval Morrisseau's signatures will be used as our base reference points in comparison analysis to asertain commonly repeated similarities found in Norval Morrisseau's written and painted signatures. Norval Morrisseau's painted signature can be found on the reverse of many canvas works of art that he created throughout his artistic carreer as a Woodland artist.
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*Special note: Pay close attention to the fact that Norval Morrisseau does what is called ''print-writes'' as I coin this phrase. He prints written letters and does not attach them in a normal written script manner. This is a highly distinctive form of caligraphy. Also note the blending of upper and lower case letters throughout his correspondence in his letter to Sussanna McLeod (letter 1.). This mannerism and style is reflected in the painted signatures and titles of created artworks by Norval Morrisseau.
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Close-up view of Norval Morrisseau's signature in Sussanna Mcleod's letter
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The painting of the letter N has the distinction of being painted with three separate strokes of the brush. This ''three stroke letter N'' can be noticed many times in the -print writing- of titles that Morrisseau placed onto special pieces. Sometimes he just painted the letter N normally without removing the brush off the canvas. In the many examples provided in this article of the full views of the reverse canvas one can see the N painted in the manner described above with 3 strokes of the brush.

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Michael Moniz
'Avalon Treasure'
eBay vendor *avalon*
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~ To be continued... (click HERE to see the "Morrisseau Signature Identification Article 101" in its entirety)
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>>> Reference posts:
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part I),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part II),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part III),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part IV),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part V),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part VI),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part VII),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part VIII),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part IX),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part X),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part XI),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part XII),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part XIII),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part XIV),
- Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part XV),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part I),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part II),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part III),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part IV),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part V),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part VI),
- Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part VII),
- Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part VIII),
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www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part I),
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www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part II),
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www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part III),
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www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part IV),
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www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part V),
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www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part VI),
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www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part VII),
- www_NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund_com,
- Norval Morrisseau Genuine Collage,
- Justice for Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
- Justice for Norval Morrisseau Found,
- Michael Moniz vs. CTV Globemedia Publishing Inc.,
- Sacred Medicine Wheel /Forensic Report/,
- Sacred Medicine Bear /Forensic Report/,
- Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
- Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part II) &
- Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part III).
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Monday, March 29, 2010

'Old Art Scam' Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery and Gabor Vadas: Mr. Karl J. Burrows (Part I)

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Mr. Karl J. Burrows & His Art - Illustration by Spirit Walker
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Presented in this article is a full disclosure and admittance by Mr.Karl J.Burrows of fraudulent activites ('old art scam') involving Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery - Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries along with former manager Gabor Vadas, for the late Norval Morrisseau.This affidavit by Mr.Karl J.Burrows is in regards to assisted artwork sold by Bryant Ross, Don Robinson and Gabor Vadas that Mr karl J. Burrows painted.
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In February of 2005 Gabor Vadas [1] was in control of Norval's business affairs and in need of funds. I had finished some large canvas paintings, and brought them to Norval's house in Nanaimo, BC. Norval did a drawing on paper at this time. A portrait of Dawn Morrison. She was wittness to these events. This was the last painting that Norval ever signed, I painted it and Norval gave it to Dawn. Norval was able to sign a few paintings that day but not all that were ready, so he asked me to sign for him, I did. Gabor Vadas was aware of this and directed me to Bryant Ross [2]. Bryant Ross offered these paintings for sale and sold them. The deal was 50-50 with Mr. Ross and he paid me. I kept 50% and transferred the other 50% to Gabor Vadas' Canada Trust account. We repeated this until the paintings I had signed were all sold, then we did some more.

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In 1999 I had been instructed by Norval to paint the black lines on a roll of murals some small canvas and some papers because Don Robinson [3] had returned a batch of paintings to Norval with a note saying "can't do anything with these". Gabor was off fishing for a couple of months on one of the boats he purchased with Norval's money. Norval was broke and needed money so he asked me to finish some paintings and sell them. I sold a lot of paintings that summer, many that I painted and Norval signed. The paintings that Norval had started himself were mostly kept. Gabor Vadas and Don Robinson both were aware that I painted these pictures but decided to back date them rather than explain that they were mostly completed by an apprentice. Since this might effect the value. I was not paid for this work, my agreement with Norval was that I would be paid as the paintings sold. Gabor Vadas did not keep this agreement and in fact denies that I did the work. He still has some of the pictures and represents them as work done in the early 1990's and completly painted by Norval, some of which I signed.
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Norval once told me that I was his best student, but I must agree with Michele Vadas [4], I am not Norval Morrisseau. I believe that the market should be aware of these facts and that Gabor Vadas should live up to the deal I made with Norval.

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Signed and dated in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., 5th of August, 2009"

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[1] - Resident of Nanaimo, BC, who for the last 20 years of Norval Morrisseau's life functioned as Mr. Morrisseau's guardian, business manager and 'adopted' (although not legally so) son,
[2] - Director of the Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery, Aldergrove, BC,
[3] - Co-founder, with Diane Kinsman, of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario,
[4] - Gabor Vadas' wife.
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>>> The following was part of Mr. Karl J. Burrows' e-mail dated July 27th, 2009 which preceded the above statement:
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"In the summer of 1999 Norval Morrisseau hired me to paint for him, 'Shapeshifter' was one of these. Norval instructed me to paint the black lines as well as the colours.
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During that time I worked on and finished many paintings for Norval. He left work with me at my home in Fort Langley, BC. In the fall of 1999 Gabor Vadas moved Norval out of White Rock to West Vancouver, at that time I was left with 5 murals 12 canvas and 20 papers, these paintings I finished and kept until the Winter of 2002. Norval was living in Nanaimo by this time, he invited me to get back to work at that time. I returned to paint for Norval until his death in December 2007. In the Summer of 2005 Norval could not sign his work, at that time both he and Gabor Vadas asked me to sign for him. I did, these paintings were sold to Bryant Ross of Aldergrove, BC, by myself and the funds were paid into Gabor Vadas' Canada Trust account.

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'Shapeshifter' is the last of these paintngs. Gabor still has some of these pictures and is offering them for sale, in full knowledge that they were signed by other than Norval Morrisseau.
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>>> 'Coghlan Art - Mr. Karl J. Burrows'
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> The following paintings (on the Left) were offered for sale at Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery in May of 2005 at their 'Norval Morrisseau Online Gallery' (click HERE* to view screen capture of the 'Norval Morrisseau Online Gallery' as of May, 2005) and are compared with paintings done by Mr. Karl J. Burrows (on the Right) that are currently exhibited at www.karlburrows.com.
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* The screen capture of the 'Norval Morrisseau Online Gallery' as of April, 2005 also include paintings 'Water Spirits' 1979 and 'Upper and Lower Worlds' 1978, that were initially exhibited as authentic only later to be labelled as 'Fake' by Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery owner. Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery stated that "These paintings were guaranteed to be original and authentic and were obtained from the artist or authenticated by him."-
These two paintings 'Water Spirits' & 'Upper and Lower Worlds' were last presented in our posted article The truth behind 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society'.
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NOTE: The following comparison of paintings done by Mr. Karl J.Burrows and pieces sold at Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery show strong similarities in composition and painting style to paintings assisited and completed by Mr. Karl J.Burrows. The paintings from Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery's for this comparison came off their website in April of 2005. -
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Comparison No.1 /'Coghlan Art' - Karl J. Burrows/
~ Left: "Spirit Fish", 54" x 62", 1998; Price: $14,500 cdn/$12,100 usd
~ Right: Painting by Mr. Karl J. Burrows /www.karlburrows.com/
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Comparison No.2 /'Coghlan Art' - Karl J. Burrows/
~ Left: "Bird Family", 40" x 62", 1998; Price: $12,750 cdn/$10,625 usd
~ Right: Painting by Mr. Karl J. Burrows /www.karlburrows.com/
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Comparison No.3 /'Coghlan Art' - Karl J. Burrows/
~ Left: "Birds and Fish", 39" x 62", 1998; Price: $12,625 cdn/$10,500 usd
~ Right: Painting by Mr. Karl J. Burrows /www.karlburrows.com/
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>>> 'Kinsman Robinson Galleries - Karl J. Burrows'
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> The following paintings (on the Left) were originally published in Kinsman Robinson Galleries' publication "Norval Morrisseau Return to the House of Invention" /© 1997, 2005 by Norval Morrisseau/Kinsman Robinson Galleries; Key Porter Books Limited, ISBN: 1-55263-726-3/ and have been compared with paintings done by Mr. Karl J. Burrows (on the Right) that are currently exhibited at www.karlburrows.com.
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NOTE: The following comparison of paintings done by Mr. Karl J.Burrows and pieces exibited in Kinsman Robinson Galleries publication "Norval Morrisseau Return to the House of Invention" show strong similarities in composition and painting style to paintings assisited and completed by Mr. Karl J.Burrows.
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Comparison No.4 /'Kinsman Robinson Galleries' - Karl J. Burrows/
~ Left: "Mother and Son", 48" x 36", 1993; Page 127
~ Right: Painting by Mr. Karl J. Burrows /www.karlburrows.com/
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Comparison No.5 /'Kinsman Robinson Galleries' - Karl J. Burrows/
~ Left: "Ojibwa Shaman of the Eagle Clan...", 48" x 30", 1996; Page 85
~ Right: Painting by Mr. Karl J. Burrows /
www.karlburrows.com/
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Comparison No.6 /'Kinsman Robinson Galleries' - Karl J. Burrows/
~ Left: "Story Tree on the World", 59" x 53", 1990s; Page 33
~ Right: Painting by Mr. Karl J. Burrows /
www.karlburrows.com/
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>>> 'Norval Morrisseau (?) - Mr. Karl J. Burrows'
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> The following painting (on the Left) was found on Internet and previously posted on this blog as an original artwork by Norval Morrisseau (click HERE) and is compared with painting done by Mr. Karl J. Burrows (on the Right) that are currently exhibited at www.karlburrows.com.
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Comparison No.7 /'Norval Morrisseau (?) - Karl J. Burrows/
~ Left: Painting by Norval Morrisseau (?), c. 1990's

~ Right: Painting by Mr. Karl J. Burrows /www.karlburrows.com/
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COMMENT: Considering all of the findings presented above one can only be confused as to who created the painting on the left?
Questions one might ask:
Was it done completely by Norval Morrisseau?
Was it Norval Morrisseau's artwork assisted by Mr. Karl J. Burrows?
Was it completely painted by Mr. Burrows and then approved or not approved by Norval Morrisseau? > Only God knows, and Mr. Karl J. Burrows!
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*** REVISED INFORMATION (Added on January 9th, 2009): The painting in this 'Comparison III' titled 'When Mother Earth Was a Young Woman', 48"x30", 1992 and supposedly painted by Norval Morrisseau (click HERE) has suddenly reappeared on the Internet and offered for sale at Bryant Ross' Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery in the first week** of 2010 at their 'Norval Morrisseau Online Gallery' (Price: $15,000 CDN). Isn't it ironic... don't you think???
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** Click HERE to view screen capture of the 'Norval Morrisseau Online Gallery' as of January 8th, 2010 and click HERE to view screen capture of its Google's cache as of January 1st, 2010.
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BLOG MASTER'S COMMENT: There is a stain of corruption in Yorkville Toronto and it's stench rises above the clouds all the way over to Aldergrove and Nanaimo British Columbia.
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Mr. Karl J. Burrows was a commissioned apprentice for Norval Morrisseau from 1989 till Norval Morrisseau's death in December 2007. There is nothing illegal about this kind of activity. The employment of Mr. Burrows was commissioned due to Norval Morrisseau's failing health caused by advanced Parkinsons disease.
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As best he could Mr. Morrisseau sketched out images later to be painted by Karl J. Burrows. At other times Mr. Burrows commenced and finished paintings along with signing them 'Norval Morrisseau' on the reverse of the canvas without Norval Morrisseau having any participation in the painting's creation other than the authorization of said works by Norval Morrisseau. This kind of assisted artwork does have it's own unique value. However, when a customer interested in purchasing an assisted piece of art has not been given 'full disclosure' as to the nature of the artwork's creation then a serious case of fraud is at hand.
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Mr. Burrows admits that Donald Robinson 'back-dated' many of these paintings that found their way into Kinsman Robinson Galleries of Toronto, Ontario - 108 Cumberland Street. The 'back dating' of paintings afterwards is illegal and criminal. This was done to decieve the public into thinking that the painting(s) for sale were from an earlier period where an assisitant like Mr. Karl J. Burrows to the painting would not be traced. It's akin to turning back the odometer on a used car to decrease wear and tear and getting a higher price...only worse in this case. Mr. Karl J. Burrows' involvment was never disclosed to customers that found their way into Kinsman Robinson Galleries and Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery looking to buy fine Canadian 'Woodland/Anishinaabe' art. The scope of this 'old art scam' perpetrated by these three individuals: Gabor Vadas, Donald Robinson and Bryant Ross runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Paintings that were done by Mr. Burrows also found their way into the collections offered for sale to the public by Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery in Aldergrove, British Columbia. Our screen capture of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery's website in May 2005 (click HERE) clearly shows examples of paintings that appear to be done by Mr. Karl J. Burrows who will testify in a Canadian Court of Law if necessary as to him being the said author of any of these pieces. Please make note that these paintings for sale by Bryant Ross were being touted as 'genuine pieces' so as not to affect their market value.
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Anyone that has purchased a painting from these three individuals: Donald Robinson, Bryant Ross and Gabor Vadas between the years 1989 and 2007 should seriously consult Mr. Karl J. Burrows as to his involvment with said pieces of artworks that he assisted and/or painted solely by himself.
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Customers should ask for a full or partial refund of their monies if they were not given full disclosure as to the nature of the artwork created.
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As stated above 'assisted artwork has it's own unique value' but certainly nowhere near the very high price values of an original Norval Morrisseau painting created by the artist from start to finish.
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Paintings sold that had been 'back dated' is obviously of a criminal nature and intent to defraud the customer and is akin to nothing less than robbery and the authorities should be summoned for investigations. Call your local police department if you have reason to believe that you have purchased a painting that was 'back dated'.
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Mr. Karl J. Burrows can appear before a Canadian Court of law to testify in accordance to his disclosure appearing on his affidavit.
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In solving any case one must establish 'motive'. What was the motive behind these activities commited by Gabor Vadas, Donald Robinson and Bryant Ross?
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Market competion from earlier artworks by Norval Morrisseau have been selling at reputable galleries across Canada for many years. For example these works were also to be found at estate auctions mainly in Ontario such as Kahn Auctions and later 'Randy Potter Estate Auction' in Port Hope, Ontario. These works of art were mainly from Norval Morrisseau's 1970's period and many were of a superior nature. Unable to control this influx of paintings available to the public lead Donald Robinson with a 'National Post' article: "Morrisseau fakes alleged" dated May 18th, 2001 launched his efforts to corner the Norval Morrisseau Art Market through slander and smear campaigns of what he had purchased at Randy Potter Estate Auction.
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Mr. Robinson stated to the newspaper that he had purchased 28 paintings (click HERE) at Kahn Auctions sold by Mr. Randy Potter (auctioneer) calling them all 'fakes'. Oddly he never did ask for a full refund of his money from Randy Potter? It is funny that the same auction house where Mr. Robinson purchased his Morrisseaus now calling them 'fakes' were appraised and authenticated by his own gallery as being 'authentic' (click HERE). Mr. Robinson was not alone in his market controlling schemes. He found company with Gabe Vadas (click HERE, HERE & HERE) and Bryant Ross (click HERE & HERE) who were equally bent on a 'market monopoly of Norval Morrisseau's art.' The added advantage to all of this would of course lead the other galleries into ill-repute and eventual closing of the doors to business. By slandering the older works and causing a panic among collectors took away focus and attention from these three and their fraudulent activities at selling 'undisclosed back-dated assisted artwork to the public' in their art galleries for many years.
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"The 28 paintings purchased by Donald Robinson were donated afterwards to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society for research purposes?"
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These 28 paintings were never given to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society and was only a smoke screen for this man's deception (click HERE for a full disclosure of this story).
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The authentic paintings coming from the auction houses in Ontario were signed in Cree sylabics on the front and signed 'Norval Morrisseau' titled and dated. Some were just signed and dated with no title. The authentic painting that were being sold at auction houses gave Donald Robinson, Bryant Ross and Gabe Vadas serious competition problems. Mr. Karl J. Burrows and his assisted paintings that these three were pedalling were not signed on the backs. Unlike the authentic pieces being sold at auction houses which were almost always signed on the back as was Norval Morrisseau's custom to do so after completing a painting. Donald Robinson took care of that by signing his Mr. Karl J. Burrows assisted paintings himself and also back dating them to earlier periods in the 1990's.
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Their campaign to discredit Norval Morrisseau's paintings that were signed on the back with black drybrush coming from the 1970's period (click HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE) has now been fully revealed as part of their deceptive smear campaign against authentic works being sold ligitimately all across Canada in reputable galleries and auction houses. Forensic analysis and much money spent has proven this point with admissable evidence used in a court of law (click HERE, HERE & HERE).
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Their plan of 'contained market espionage' back fired on all of these people mentioned here; save for Mr. Karl J. Burrows whose art can be found exhibited at 'Harry's Bar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he's employed as a resident artist. Mr. Burrows continues to sell his own Norval Morrisseau Woodland/Anishinaabe style paintings to the public at this bar (click HERE) with full disclosure of himself being the said author of his own creations.
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CLOSING STATEMENT: The reason why I started this blog more than two years ago was due to false statements made by Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery and individuals* (a List of Individuals presented at the end of this paragraph) closely associated with the artist regarding authentic Norval Morrisseau paintings they call 'questionable', 'fakes', 'forgeries', 'abominations' and other defamatory attributes. 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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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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"May the truth be told and known to all"
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Miigwetch

Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker
/spiritwalker2008@gmail.com /

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To be continued...
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