Monday, January 30, 2012

>>> "The House of Invention" by Kevin Hearn - musical tribute to Norval Morrisseau (2011)

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Genuine Morrisseau paintings from Kevin Hearn's collection
~ Still of 'National Post' video: "Collector’s Series – The Happy Mediums"
/Click on image to Enlarge and/or click HERE to view this National Post's 'You Tube' video/


Introduction: The AGO's debut (June 11th to 30th, 2010) of the new series of guest-curated exhibitions by notable personalities passionate about the arts.

Musician, artist and devoted art collector, Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies showcases works available by AR+SG that speak to his collecting interests (see above). With original artwork by Leonard Cohen, Marcel Dzama, Norval Morrisseau, Pudlo Pudlat, Lou Reed and Martin Tielli of the Rheostatics, plus Hearn's own whimsical drawings, this not-to-be-missed exhibition offers an intimate look at one of Canada's leading talents.

Note: For additional information visit Ottawa Citizen's article "Pioneer makes his final breakthrough" and  previously published posts: "The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part VIII)" & "Another genuine Norval Morrisseau's painting exhibited at Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)".


Source: AGO Art Gallery of Ontario / Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario


>>> The following is the song inspired by the artwork of Norval Morrisseau, including the genuine paintings presented in the above 'You Tube' video; part of Kevin Hearn's private collection:


The House Of Invention

Here is a song about a painter you might know.
He is The Copper Thunderbird Norval Morrisseau.
He’s floating by high in the sky in a canoe.
I hope you feel the colors’ healing spell on you.

A man of conviction
On a journey, on a mission,
To find his X-ray vision,
In the house of invention.

And in the gallery heads are turning back and forth.
Somebody called him “ the Picasso of the north”.
And when I wander cloudy on a gloomy day
He’ll cheer me up like Debussy or Dubuffet.

A man of conviction
On a journey, on a mission,
To find his X-ray vision,
in the house of invention.

This is a song about a painter you might know.
He is The Copper Thunderbird Norval Morrisseau.

~ Kevin Hearn (3:16) Track Six on the album "Cloud Maintenance"

* To purchase this song (album) on iTunes click HERE.





Source: Kevin Hearn's www.kevinhearn.com


>>> Reference posts:
- Pioneer makes his final breakthrough /Ottawa Citizen/,
- The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part VIII) &
- Another genuine Norval Morrisseau's painting exhibited at Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Claim Regarding the Estate of Renowned Canadian Artist Norval Morrisseau Resolved

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"Victoria and Family", 1978; "The Family", 1990's
/Copyright by Norval Morrisseau Estate/


VANCOUVER, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - A claim regarding the distribution of the estate of Norval Morrisseau, filed in BC Supreme Court by the seven children of Norval Morrisseau, has been resolved in an out of court settlement.

Norval Morrisseau, also known as Copper Thunderbird, was an eminent aboriginal artist who founded the Woodlands School of Art. His works often portrayed the legends of his people, and were characterized by vibrant colours and x-ray views of people and animals.

Mr. Morrisseau was awarded the Order of Canada in 1978 and was acknowledged as Grand Shaman of the Ojibwa in 1986. He died on December 4, 2007.

In the settlement, Gabor Vadas, the executor and sole beneficiary under Mr. Morrisseau's will, and the Morrisseau children have agreed to share in the artist's estate. The agreement recognizes the significant relationship Norval had with Gabor Vadas and the Vadas family, and also ensures that the Morrisseau Family shares in their father's artistic legacy.

Ted Charney, co-counsel for the Morrisseau family, said, "This settlement ensures that the children of Mr. Morrisseau are able to share in management of their father's artistic legacy while also recognizing the important role that the Vadas family played in Mr. Morrisseau's life."

The Morrisseau Family wishes to enhance the legacy of Norval Morrisseau's art and aid his own native community through projects such as a memorial meeting house for artists in Keewaywin, museum exhibits and retrospectives and proper management of the copyright of his art.

Mr. Vadas, who was adopted by Mr. Morrisseau in accordance with the artist's shamanistic traditions, views the settlement as an opportunity for the parties to reconcile past differences and focus on increasing public understanding of Norval Morrisseau's art.

Michael Miller, counsel for Mr. Vadas and the estate, commented that, "The cooperation between the Morrisseau children and Mr. Vadas will help ensure that the integrity of the works of one of Canada's foremost artists is protected and maintained."

Amy Francis, co-counsel for the Morrisseau family, also expressed optimism that, "The Morrisseau children and Gabe Vadas will now be able to move forward together, working to protect and enhance the important cultural legacy left by Norval."

The Morrisseau Family was represented by Amy Francis of Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers in Vancouver, BC and Ted Charney of Falconer Charney LLP in Toronto, Ontario.

Gabor Vadas and the Estate of Norval Morrisseau were represented by Michael A. Miller and Manuel A. Azevedo, Barristers and Solicitors, Vancouver, B.C.

For further information:

Theodore P. Charney
Falconer Charney LLP
(416) 964-3408
tedc@falconercharney.com

Michael A. Miller
Barrister and Solicitor
(604) 685-7207
mmiller@direct.ca





Source: CNW 'Canada Newswire'


Related articles from other media:
~ Morrisseau children reach out-of-court settlement over artist’s estate /The Globe and Mail/,
~ Family of renowned B.C. aboriginal artist settles legal dispute with 'adopted' son /The Vancouver Sun/, ~ Photos: Norval Morrisseau and his art /The Vancouver Sun/ & ~ Norval Morrisseau family, beneficiary make a deal /CBC/.
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*The paintings in this post shows a celebration of Norval Morrisseau's first grandchild from his daughter Victoria and Norval Morrisseau with Gabor M. Vadas & Michele Vadas with their first-born child: "Victoria and Family", 1978, © Norval Morrisseau Estate; "The Family", c. 1990's; © Norval Morrisseau Estate /Collection of Gabor & Michele Vadas/

Animated short inspired by the life of Norval Morrisseau's grandson nominated for Genie Award

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* The Genies are the Cana­dian equiv­a­lent of the Oscars


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CHOKE Poster
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On January 17th, 2012 the Acad­emy of Cana­dian Cin­ema & Tele­vi­sion at simul­ta­ne­ous news con­fer­ences in Toronto and Montreal nominated CHOKE in the Best Ani­mated Short category of the 32nd Annual Genie Awards.


CHOKE
/Written & Directed By Michelle Latimer; Produced By Michelle Latimer & David Miller/

When Jimmy leaves his First Nations reser­va­tion, drawn by the lures of city life, he finds him­self confronting a world he could never have imag­ined. In his encoun­ters with the city’s lost souls, he is reminded that no mat­ter how far you travel, you can­not escape who you are. Inspired by the life of the late teenaged artist Kyle Morris­seau (grandson of famed painter Nor­val Mor­risseau), Choke uses stop-motion ani­ma­tion to explore themes of urban iso­la­tion and the indi­vid­ual search for iden­tity in mod­ern society.


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Source: 'Five animated shorts nominated for Genie Award'
            /Big Cartoon News/


Note: Kyle Morriseau (1992-2009) was from Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario, CANADA. He started painting in January 2008, after the passing of his grandfather Norval Morrisseau. He felt proud to help keep the Morrisseau family tradition and stories alive. He had three art shows with his father Christian and one with his grandfather’s works. Kyle Morriseau was a student at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


>>> Reference posts:
- IN MEMORIAM: Kyle Morriseau (1992-2009),
- The Last Homecoming of Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
- The Last Homecoming of Norval Morrisseau (Part II),
- Norval Morrisseau's Family (Part I),
- Norval Morrisseau's Family (Part II) &
- In memory of Harriet Morrisseau (Kakegamic).

* Norval Morrisseau & Harriet Morrisseau (Kakegamic) have 7 children by direct bloodline (David, Michael, Peter, Eugene, Christian, Victoria and Lisa), 17 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

>>>> Morrisseau Family Vs. Gabor Michael Vadas... A trial date: Februrary 27, 2012

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The adult children of artist Norval Morrisseau, including Lisa Morrisseau Meekis, left, and Victoria Morrisseau Kakegamic, are challenging their father's will, alleging undue influence by his executor, Gabor Michael Vadas. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)


Morrisseau Family Vs. Gabor Michael Vadas-

The late Norval Morrisseau was one of Canada’s most famous and influential artists. Falconer Charney together with co-counsel in Vancouver represents the children of Norval Morrisseau in their lawsuit to set aside the Last Will and Testament of their father. At stake are the rights to the late artist’s images, name and reproductions.

A trial date has been set for Februrary 27, 2012.

© Falconer Charney LLP


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~ Click HERE for the "Notice of Civil Claim" &
~ Click HERE for the "Response to Civil Claim"


 >>> Reference posts:
- Norval Morrisseau's children sue over will (Part I),
- Norval Morrisseau's children sue over will (Part II),
- Morrisseau Family Foundation,
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About the Morrisseau Family Foundation,
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The Last Homecoming of Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
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The Last Homecoming of Norval Morrisseau (Part II),
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Norval Morrisseau's Family (Part I),
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Norval Morrisseau's Family (Part II),
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In memory of Harriet Morrisseau (Kakegamic),
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Norval Morrisseau's Final Resting Place, - Extra! Extra! Copyright for the Artistic Legacy of Norval Morrisseau has been registered! & - Certificate of Registration of Copyright for 'The Artistic Legacy of Norval Morrisseau'.
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* Norval Morrisseau & Harriet Morrisseau (Kakegamic) have 7 children by direct bloodline (David, Michael, Peter, Eugene, Christian, Victoria and Lisa), 17 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Universal Power of Morrisseau Art

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"My art speaks and will continue to speak, transcending barriers of nationality, language and other forces that may be divisive, fortifying the greatness of the spirit that has always been the foundation of the Ojibwa people."

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"Untitled" /In Honour to Ojibwa Indian Motherhood/,
© 1977 Norval Morrisseau /Click on image to Enlarge/
~ the first Blog Master's Norval Morrisseau Acquisition 


Blog Master speaks...

It has been 12 years today since I acquired my first Morrisseau painting on Janyary 23, 2000. I would like to take advantage of this occasion to welcome the newcomers to this internet platform and thank all regular visitors for continuing support.

INVITATION TO ALL READERS:

There are many of you who possess important valuable information such as paintings, photographs and other printed/written materials which will greatly assist our common goal. I urge you to provide this information to me for public record. Norval Morrisseau has become one of Canada's greatest all time artists and is recognized for his importance Worldwide.

Your assistance is needed now! Your actions will greatly benefit your art as an investment and safeguard Norval Morrisseau's Legacy.

Hvala/Miigwetch,

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

> For the purposes of this blog I would like to be referred to as Spirit Walker. Miigwetch!





* The painting in this post: "Untitled" /In Honour to Ojibwa Indian Motherhood/, 31"x26", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau; PROVENANCE: Private Collection of Ugo Matulić a.k.a Spirit Walker; acquired on January 23, 2000 from an art dealer Mr. Anthony Martinenko (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and it was sourced from the Private Collection of Mr. Rolf Schneiders (Thunder Bay, Ontario).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Is NMHS' silence golden?

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Illustration by Spirit Walker -- 
"NORVAL MORRISSEAU HERITAGE SOCIETY (NMHS)", Est. 2005


"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."

Mission Statement -

~ Committee members of the NMHS are as follows:

* Elizabeth McLuhan - Dept. of History, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba;
* Dr. Ruth Philips - Professor of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario;
* Greg Hill - Audain Curator and Head of the Department of Indigenous Art at National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario;
* Lee Ann Martin - Curator of Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Art, Museum of Civilization (not a member anymore);
* Viviane Gray - Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Dept. of Indian Affairs & Northern Development, Ottawa, Ontario (not a member anymore);
* Carmen Robertson -  an associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan (a NEW member);
* Richard H. Baker - Barrister and Solicitor.

> NMHS could be contacted at norvalmorrisseauheritage@gmail.com or you may click above on each NMHS members' names to e-mail them about your questions, concernes & satisfaction or dissatisfaction of their achievements to date.

BLOG MASTER'S COMMENT: Why are they silent? Is their silence approval for what has been happening in the Norval Morrisseau Art Market? If they truly care in "protecting the integrity of Norval Morrisseau's art" they would need to speak up. Their silence is hurting the legacy of the man they are supposed to protect and the longer they wait to publish a public statement regarding this matter presented herein, the longer the legacy of Norval Morrisseau will suffer.

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

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>>> Reference posts:
- Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society,
- The truth behind 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society',
- The story which preceded the 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society'... & - Blasphemy (Part II).
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Power of Love

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"Spiritual Self Looks Beyond", 48"x36", © Norval Morrisseau 
~ "The Hellen E. Band Collection"; Thunder Bay Art Gallery
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"The love on earth reflects the love above. No quality of human endeavour is without the unremitting love of the Creator. Your gift to the world is yourself. Where you stand the Creator stands.
One day you will understand what I understood when I did my paintings."

NORVAL MORRISSEAU, Ojibway



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* The artwork in this post: "Spiritual Self Looks Beyond", 48"x36", © Norval Morrisseau; See page 128 of THE ART OF NORVAL MORRISSEAU /Lister Sinclair, Jack Pollock, and Norval Morrisseau/; ISBN: 0-458-93820-3 /Toronto, Ontario: Methuen, 1979./

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

>>> NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG Celebrates Muhammad Ali's 70th Birthday

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Portrait of Muhammad Ali (Athlete Series), © 1977 Andy Warhol
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"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."

Muhammad Ali





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Monday, January 16, 2012

>>> NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)


Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism.

King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986... On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all fifty U.S. states.

Source: Wikipedia




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Sunday, January 8, 2012

This blog has more than 1,800 posts & more than 140,000 Unique Visitors since March 3, 2008

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"Wheel of Life" , 35"x35", © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
~ Click HERE to view the inscription on the reverse side of canvas


"I don't wish my work to be exploited, but to be properly used as an art form in its proper place where for the generations of the great Ojibway people it can be seen in the future, as well as be appreciated by all our white brothers."

Norval Morrisseau, September 14th, 1962


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* The authentic acrylic painting on canvas in this post: "Wheel of Life", 35"x35", © 1979 Norval Morrisseau; /CURRENT OWNERSHIP: Private Collection of  Ms. Maggie Hatfield/

Friday, January 6, 2012

Forensic Document Examination (Part I)

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"Father and Son", 30"x30", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau;
~ Analysis of the inscription on the reverse side of canvas by Mr. Brian Lindblom - Forensic Document Examiner /Click on image to enlarge/


Forensic document examination – the science today
Author : Dr. Audrey Giles
Date : May 2010

 The scientific examination of documents has been an integral part of forensic science for almost a hundred years and many of the techniques developed over that period are still in use today. However, time does not stand still. The technology used to produce documents continues to evolve; the methods used to produce forgeries are ever more sophisticated; the expectations of lawyers and Courts are yet more demanding.

But forensic science is not sitting on its hands either – advances in techniques and technology mean that the forensic document examiner is fighting back.

What is a forensic document examiner? Who to instruct?

Document examiners are trained scientists. This means that they are trained in scientific method and objectivity, in assessing evidence and drawing conclusions. A good forensic document examiner is expected to hold a University Degree in a basic science – these individuals invest in their training. They have trained alongside forensic scientists and in established forensic science laboratories. They can demonstrate their continued education, having a record of attending meetings, producing research papers and refereeing journals. Very importantly, any forensic document examiner you wish to employ should have invested in equipment and laboratory facilities.

Wrongly, there is a perception that the forensic examination of documents, and particularly handwriting, is something which anybody can carry out on their kitchen table. No – forensic document examination takes place in a properly equipped forensic document laboratory. One group in particular, graphologists, frequently offer their services to the legal profession as forensic handwritings specialists. (These individuals are trained in the pseudo-science of determining personality features from handwriting.) This has absolutely nothing to do with the forensic document examination, and identification of handwritings and signatures as carried out by forensic scientists. Another group who offer services to the legal profession are scientists who have had a long career in official forensic science laboratories who then retire and, without a stick of equipment, reckon to provide the same level of work as they did in their fully equipped forensic document laboratories. They can’t – the science has moved on. No matter how impressive their CV, an invitation to hold a conference at their ‘laboratory’ will quickly clarify their actual working status!

The three main areas of forensic document examination

Actually the main areas of work in this discipline are same as they have been for a long time:

> The identification of individuals through their handwriting.

> Determining whether signatures are genuine or simulations.

> Determining the origin and history of documents.

Handwriting and signatures

The forensic examination of handwritings is very well documented and tested – indeed, the basic principles have been unchanged for many years. It is well established that handwriting is identifiable and everybody’s handwriting consists of a particular combination of character and figure forms which in the mature adult are reproduced unconsciously. However, the particular challenge of handwriting and signature comparisons is that there is a degree of natural variability in everyone’s handwritings and signatures, both from day to day and over the years. While the approach is largely qualitative and subjective, it is no less scientific. And over the last thirty years much effort has been directed into the electronic recognition of handwritings, with some success with the Forensic Information System for Handwriting (FISH) in Germany, the Dutch ‘Script’ system and the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR) system in the United States. These electronic processes electronically assess a number of features of the handwriting , for example slope, the area within characters such as ‘o’, spacing and relative proportions; large databases of handwritings have emerged for further research. The majority of these systems are targeted at criminal cases, where examples of handwritings can be collected under very controlled conditions on specialised documents which allow easy collection of the data.

(Course-of-business documents, while providing a more accurate picture of a person’s handwriting at a particular time. are more difficult to evaluate, since the documents involved often include backgrounds which interfere with the collection process.) In addition, in North America forensic scientists have developed a handwriting recognition process which allows large quantities of handwritings to be handled, not so much for the identification of features but for pinpointing useful features for direct comparison.

The basic principles of signature examination were established back in the early twentieth century and it has remained more or less consistent over the years. Signatures are very highly specialised pieces of handwriting and their examination remains very challenging, largely because these are very small pieces of handwriting for comparison. Unlike the situation where an entire page of text is available with hundreds of points of comparison, a small signature provides very much less and it is for this reason in particular that the examination of original signatures rather than copies is so important. The examiner needs to be able to use every feature of the handwriting available. To make life more difficult signatures also demonstrate natural variation. Individuals can be very different in the amount of variation found in their signatures. The degree of variation observed in the signature has to be assessed before any useful comparison can be carried out with a questioned signature. It is essential that sufficient examples of the genuine signature from the relevant time be available in order to determine this range of variation. It is only at that point that the examiner can determine whether the questioned signature falls within or without that range of variation and whether any differences are significant or merely further variation.


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To continue reading this article by Dr Audrey Giles who leads the scientific work of The Giles Document Laboratory click HERE.

~ This article is based on a lecture given on 22 January 2010 at the Chancery Bar Association, London.





Source: STEP JOURNAL
                 /Wealth Structuring Analysis for Trust and Estate Practitioners/
                 ~ 'Forensic document examination – the science today'


>>> Reference post:

Monday, January 2, 2012

>>> Downloadable Norval Morrisseau Forensic Reports (Part I)

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From left to right /All paintings ©  by Norval Morrisseau/:

Top: "Spirit Composition", approx. 3'x4', © 1979; "Shaman Underworld", approx. 5'x3', © 1976; Middle: "Fire Spirit", 2.5'x2.5', © 1977; "Astral Spirit with Evil Serpent", approx. 5'x3', © 1978; "Copper Thunderbird", approx. 6'x4', © 1977; Bottom: "Artist Speaks with Moose Spirit", approx, 5'x5', © 1979; "Family", approx. 5'x5', © 1971. /Click on image to Enlarge/


>>> The above presented are 7 out of 12 paintings which are part of the forensic report analysis by Mr. Brian Lindblom of 'The Document Examination Consultants Inc.' - Forensic Expert & Document Examiner; Report dated January 24th, 2002.

Note: This report had been generated for Mr. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery - who was at that time a member of Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC); and is currently a member of The Canadian Association of Personal Property Appraisers (CPPA).


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> Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/ by Mr. Brian Lindblom of 'The Document Examination Consultants Inc.' - Forensic Expert & Document Examiner with X-RCMP fraud division credentials!.
 

Questioned painting No. 1

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"Warrior Thunderbird", 72"x48", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau
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Note: In a report this painting is labeled as "Copper Thunderbird"
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"Copper Thunderbird", approx. 6'x4', © 1977 Norval Morrisseau
~ See page 5 of Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/
/Front image and inscription on the reverse side of canvas/
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Questioned painting No. 2

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"Artist Speaks to Moose Spirit", 52"x57", © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
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Notes: This painting is currently available for purchase at Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (click HERE or HERE)

~ This painting was shown in 2007 on page 40 in the exhibition catalogue at Maslak McLeod Gallery - Endorsed by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Honourable James K. Bartleman (click HERE).














































"Artist Speaks to Moose Spirit", approx. 5'x5', © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
~ See page 6 of Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/
/Front image and inscription on the reverse side of canvas/
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Questioned painting No. 5

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"Fire Spirit", approx. 2.5'x2.5', © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
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"Fire Spirit", approx. 2.5'x2.5', © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
~ See page 9 of Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/
/Front image and inscription on the reverse side of canvas/
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Questioned painting No. 6

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"Untitled", 29"x43", © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
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Note: In a report this painting is labeled as "Spirit Composition"
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"Spirit Composition", approx. 3'x4', © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
~ See page 10 of Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/
/Front image and inscription on the reverse side of canvas/
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Questioned painting No. 9

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"Untitled", 35"x55", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau
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Notes: This painting is currently available for purchase at Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (click HERE or HERE); titled "Woman and Man in Nature".

~ This painting was shown in 2007 on page 36 in the exhibition catalogue at Maslak McLeod Gallery - Endorsed by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Honourable James K. Bartleman (click HERE).

~ Click HERE to view this painting shown behind Mr. Martin Mills, Mr. Christian McLeod and Mr. Phil Fontaine who is a former Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

In a report this painting is labeled as "Shaman Underworld"
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"Shaman Underworld", 3'x5', © 1976 Norval Morrisseau
~ See page 13 of Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/
/Front image and inscription on the reverse side of canvas/
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Questioned painting No. 10

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Note: This painting was shown in 2007 on page 37 in the exhibition catalogue at Maslak McLeod Gallery - Endorsed by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Honourable James K. Bartleman (click HERE)






























"Together", approx. 4'x5', © 1977 Norval Morrisseau
~ See page 14 of Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/
/Front image and inscription on the reverse side of canvas/
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Questioned painting No. 11

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"Untitled", 58"x55", © 1971 Norval Morrisseau
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Notes: This painting is currently available for purchase at Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (click HERE or HERE); titled "Four Warriors"

~ This painting was shown in 2007 on page 32 in the exhibition catalogue at Maslak McLeod Gallery - Endorsed by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Honourable James K. Bartleman (click HERE).

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"Family", 58"x55", © 1971 Norval Morrisseau
~ See page 15 of Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/
/Front image and inscription on the reverse side of canvas/
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Questioned painting No. 12

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"Ancestral Spirit with Evil Serpent", 58"x37", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau
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"Astral Spirit with Evil Serpent", 58"x37", © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
~ See page 16 of Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/
/Front image and inscription on the reverse side of canvas/
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>>> The following are the Methods and Observation of Mr. Brian Lindblom of 'The Document Examination Consultants Inc.' - Forensic Expert & Document Examiner (see pages 2, 3 & 4 of Forensic Report analysis /File No. 1349/02/:

"As stated earlier, many of the signatures, hand printed titles and accompanying dates have probably been executed with a paintbrush and ink. As such the movements are somewhat more simplistic and elementary than one would expect to find in a normal cursive signature executed with a pen. Consideration was given to the influence of the writing instrument and surface in the comparison that was conducted. On some of the paintings the signature and/or title is partially missing due to either smudging or gradual removal of portions of the ink. As such, certain characteristics in the signature can no longer be assessed.

Seven of the signatures, some of which are accompanied by titles, show clear indications of writing movements that are consistent with the hand printing and signatures in the Norval Morrisseau samples. The types of similarities identified are habits of connecting certain letters and disconnecting others; proportions of one letter to another; the relative size of one letter to another; slope; spacing; and alignment. In most instances it was noted that the uppercase N and M of the given and surname had some differences in structure. Most particularly they differ from the specimens in that they often lack some of the initial movements and have separated strokes. In my opinion these discrepancies may very well be accounted for by the influence of the writing instrument, resulting in cruder letter structures.

The specific paintings that show the above similarities are: Artist Speaks to Moose Spirit,79; Copper Thunderbird, 77; Loons, 75; Spirit Composition, 79; Shaman Underworld, 78; Together, 77; and Family; 71.

The signatures and titles on the remaining paintings are either too indistinct or too abbreviated in form to allow an opinion to be expressed."

Brian Lindblom

January 24th, 2002



 

Source: Courtesy of Mr. Joseph McLeod, Toronto, Ontario


BLOG MASTER'S NOTE:  I would like you to know that I am in no way associated with Mr. Joseph McLeod and  Maslak McLeod Gallery, as I stated from the beginning. The NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG is posted "in honour of the Spirit of Norval Morrisseau a.k.a. Copper Thunderbird. This blog is dedicated entirely to the preservation of his artistic legacy along with the living presence of the Ojibway peoples on the North American continent".

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 /Signed by the artist on April 11, 2002 in Thunder Bay, Ontario/

* The acrylic paintings on canvas presented in this post: All © by Norval Morrisseau /Private Collections and as noted/