Friday, April 26, 2013

In Memoriam Michael Moniz

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Rui Miguel DeAguiar Moniz (September 11, 1965 - April 13, 2013)




















He Humbled a Canadian Media Giant…

Exposed a Top Arts Journalist’s Professional Disgrace…

And saved a fine Morrisseau BDP* from the trash heap of history.

Alone against the “Establishment” this Canadian Morrisseau collector took on the biggest media giant in Canada (CTV Globemedia) and won a stunning moral, legal, and cultural victory, on March 10, 2009, on behalf of Canada, and all Canadians, and the artistic heritage of Norval Morrisseau.

The lonely battle he fought, at great personal expense, and distress, over two years, served to expose for all Canadians, how – from the very beginning - serial journalistic incompetence continues to be the main tool harnessed by those who attack the painting legacy of Norval Morrisseau, and in the process – together – grievously undermine and devalue the legitimate Aboriginal cultural heritage of Canada.




* - Paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique.


Source: theMorrisseauHoaxExposedBlog.com
             "Great Canadian Cultural Heritage Hero #1"
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

>>> Genuine Norval Morrisseau painting at Art Gallery of Mississauga's 10th Annual Art Auction

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~ Great opportunity for a serious collector and/or Institution

>> The below presented genuine Norval Morrisseau painting "Animal Sacred Totem, 1977" was originally acquired by an art vendor from Brampton, Ontario from Randy Potter Estate Auctions in Port Hope, Ontario and professionally appraised by Mr. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery in Toronto, Ontario; who personally handled and examined this Norval Morrisseau artwork. This painting was then sold to a private collector from Mississauga, Ontario who donated it to Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) to be auctioned at their 10th Annual Art Auction on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 6 PM.


AUCTION DETAILS
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013

 
AUCTIONEER:

Rob Cowley, Chief Auctioneer, Joyner Canadian Fine Art

 SCHEDULE:

Doors open at 6 pm. Silent Auction bids begin.
Live Auction begins promptly at 7 pm.

TICKETS: $75 each.

Each ticket includes a $50 voucher used towards any one item in the live auction.


To purchase tickets contact Reception at the AGM 905 896 5088 / agm.connect@mississauga.ca. Funds raised at this event support the AGM's Growth Initiative and ensure that exhibitions and artist projects are accessible to everyone.


Auction Preview Week

Friday, April 26 – Tuesday, April 30, 2013


~For more information about this auction go to:
http://artgalleryofmississauga.com/pressreleaseAuction10.html


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"Animal Sacred Totem", 25"x27", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau
/Click on image to Enlarge/

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"Animal Sacred Totem", 25"x27", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau 
~ Inscription on the reverse side of canvas
/Click on image to Enlarge/

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"Animal Sacred Totem", 25"x27", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau
/Professional appraisal work done by Maslak Mcleod Gallery in Toronto Ontario. This painting was personally handled and examined by Mr. Joseph McLeod who was as of October 10th, 2007 a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC); and is currently a member of The Canadian Association of Personal Property Appraisers (CPPA) - Click on image to enlarge/ -




BLOG MASTER'S NOTE:

> In a pivotal court case* relevant to the authenticity of Norval Morrisseau artwork a court judgement had been made by Judge Paul J. Martial who stated the following about appraiser of the above artwork, Mr. Joseph McLeod:

“He demonstrated a superior depth of knowledge of Morrisseau…”
(Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 25)

“The testimony of Mr. Joseph McLeod is indicative of his care and the detailed effort to confirm provenance, including the hiring of a forensic expert to examine the signature on the back of the painting indicate that he took his role to provide appraisals seriously. His testimony… demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the painter due to his lengthy association with the artist.”

(Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 35)



* - "Hatfield vs. Artworld of Sherway" /SC-09-087264-0000/
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013

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Portrait of Norval Morrisseau (detail) Illustration by Spirit Walker

© Susan Murar; Photography by Lucinda Jones
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Portrait (White clay): 6'-4" x 3'-6" x 2'-2" (Height x Width x Depth)
Staff (White clay): 3'-10" x 1'-10" x 10" (Height x Width x Depth)
/The portrait has not yet been cast into bronze/
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SHAMAN ARTIST-

Norval Morrisseau has not left us, love never leaves, it defines life. He was aware as an artist in this world that the quest and the goal of all life is to reach the pinnacle of understanding the concept of love. The subtext of all his life's work - and he heard it in Spirit - "It is essential that all life respect life". Love. His creations were defined by love. Humankind is in the process of discover­ing the definition of love, and Norval was well aware of this in every cell of his Being. He did everything that was within his powers to move us closer to this understanding, through his paintings.
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He has told us that he is a child of the stars, and he tried to tell us that we too are star children. He demonstrated beautifully, artistically, that there is no balance between spirit life and physical life, there is no contest - the Spirit is always #1. Because of this and he understood this instinctively, joy is our legacy, "wherever joy is, you are". Norval knew this and he gave this to us intimately as "Copper Thunderbird" shaman artist.
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He has not left us, he is here celebrating his gifts to us as we continue to receive them. For generations to come - the joy of his creations will speak to us of this great artist, and we will wonder and certainly rejoice as he was so much a part of us, and we of him. As we are all - always in all ways - he was a messenger.
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"All is well, blessings be."-
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Susan Murar, Sculptor
BA, MFA, AOCAD



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Sunday, April 21, 2013

“The Court finds that there is overwhelming evidence that Norval Morrisseau signed paintings in black brush paint.” - Judge Paul J. Martial*


Hatfield vs. Artworld of Sherway
/Court File No. SC-09-087264-0000/

~ Reference information for Norval Morrisseau's admirers, researchers, investigators, news reporters & art collectors


"Untitled", 58"x138", acrylic on canvas, © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
~ Forensically certified as an authentic Morrisseau artwork by Mr. Kenneth J. Davies, Questioned Document Examiner in his 3rd Summary Report dated December 19, 2011.


Below, listed in chronological order, are the Forensic Reports available for FREE DOWNLOAD (2002 to 2013). These reports feature the conclusive findings of three top internationally recognized Forensic Document Examiners and Handwriting Experts that questioned signatures on various artworks were authored by Norval Morrisseau:

~ Reports No. 4, 5 & 10 are directly related to  Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway court case

1. Forensic Report; File No. 1349/02; January 24th, 2002
Re: Handwriting Identification of Norval Morrisseau
Prepared for Maslak McLeod Gallery (Joseph McLeod), Toronto, ON
Prepared by Brian Lindblom, B.A., F.S.S. Dip. - Forensic Document Examiner (Document Examination Consultants Inc.)
              
2. Forensic Report; File No. 1834/07; March 13th, 2007
Re: Norval Morrisseau Signature Comparison
Prepared for Joseph Otavnik, Oshawa, ON
Prepared by Brian Lindblom, B.A., FSSocDip - Forensic Document Examiner
(Document Examination Consultants Inc.)

3. Forensic Report; File No. 1951/08; November 5th, 2008
Re: Norval Morrisseau Paintings

Prepared for Michael Moniz, Brampton, ON
Prepared by Brian Lindblom, B.A., FSSocDip, D-ABFDE - Forensic Document Examiner (Document Examination Consultants Inc.)


4. Forensic Report; WWFS File No. 2002; August 24th, 2010
Re: Signatures of Norval Morrisseau on Paintings

Prepared for James White, Toronto, ON
Prepared by Dr. Atul K. Singla, M.Sc., Pd. D. (Forensic Science) - Forensic Document Examiner (Worldwide Forensic Services Inc.)


5. Supplementary Forensic Report; WWFS File No. 2002A; May 27th, 2011; Re: Signatures of Norval Morrisseau on Paintings
Prepared for James White, Toronto, ON
Prepared by Dr. Atul K. Singla, M.Sc., Pd. D. (Forensic Science) - Forensic Document Examiner (Worldwide Forensic Services Inc.)

6. Summary Report; File No. 3442-1; July 29th, 2011
Re: Examination of Questioned Signatures Pertinent to the Authentication of Paintings of Norval Morrisseau

Prepared for Ugo Matulic, Calgary, AB
Prepared by Kenneth J. Davies, B.Sc. C.Ga CFC - Examiner, Questioned Documents (Grapho-Lab® Services - Hawkeye Studios)

7. 2nd Summary Report; File No. 3442-1; November 10th, 2011
Re: Examination of Questioned Signatures Pertinent to the Authentication of Paintings of Norval Morrisseau

Prepared for Ugo Matulic, Calgary, AB
Prepared by Kenneth J. Davies, B.Sc. C.Ga CFC - Examiner, Questioned Documents (Grapho-Lab® Services - Hawkeye Studios)

8. 3rd Summary Report; File No. 3442-1; December 19th, 2011
Re: Examination of Questioned Signatures Pertinent to the Authentication of Paintings of Norval Morrisseau

Prepared for Ugo Matulic, Calgary, AB
Prepared by Kenneth J. Davies, B.Sc. C.Ga CFC - Examiner, Questioned Documents (Grapho-Lab® Services - Hawkeye Studios)

9. Forensic Report; WWFS File No. 2099; December 21st, 2011
Re: Signatures of Norval Morrisseau on Paintings

Prepared for Ugo Matulic, Calgary, AB
Prepared by Dr. Atul K. Singla, M.Sc., Pd. D. (Forensic Science) - Forensic Document Examiner (Worldwide Forensic Services Inc.)


10. Second Supplementary Forensic Report; WWFS File No. 2002B; December 22nd, 2011; Re: Signatures of Norval Morrisseau on Paintings
Prepared for James White, Toronto, ON
Prepared by Dr. Atul K. Singla, M.Sc., Pd. D. (Forensic Science) - Forensic Document Examiner (Worldwide Forensic Services Inc.)

11. 4th Summary Report; File No. 3442-1; April 18th, 2012
Re: Examination of Questioned Signatures Pertinent to the Authentication of Paintings of Norval Morrisseau

Prepared for Ugo Matulic, Calgary, AB
Prepared by Kenneth J. Davies, B.Sc. C.Ga CFC - Examiner, Questioned Documents (Grapho-Lab® Services - Hawkeye Studios)

12. 5th Summary Report; File No. 3442-1; May 3rd, 2013
Re: Examination of Questioned Signatures Pertinent to the Authentication of Paintings of Norval Morrisseau
Prepared for Ugo Matulic, Calgary, AB
Prepared by Kenneth J. Davies, B.Sc. C.Ga CFC - Examiner, Questioned Documents (Grapho-Lab® Services - Hawkeye Studios)


More Forensic Reports COMING SOON...






* -  Deputy Judge Paul J. Martial's judgement dated March 25th, 2013
/Original Downloadable Document/

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>>> Reference posts:
- Morrisseau's artwork in Auction Houses, Commercial Art Galleries & Museums Around the World, - Genuine Morrisseau paintings: Appraised, Authenticated and Forensically Analyzed... /In regards to the Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/ - Experts in Norval Morrisseau's Art (Part I) /Ref.: Mr. Joseph McLeod/ - Norval Morrisseau authenticating his artworks /In regards to the Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/, - Endorsement by Thunder Bay Art Gallery of genuine Morrisseau paintings from 1970's /In regards to the Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/, - Authenticity Statement by Mr. Goyce Kakegamic /'In regards to Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings acquired from Collections of Mr. Rolf Schneiders and Mr. Gary Lamont/, - Statutory Declaration by Mr. Robert Scott, /' Witnessing Norval Morrisseau signing the paintings with a dry brush (DB) technique'/, - Statutory Declaration by Mr. Deiter John Voss, /' Witnessing Norval Morrisseau signing the paintings with a dry brush (DB) technique'/ - Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway (Part IV) & - Pivotal Court Case Relevant to Authenticity of Norval Morrisseau Artworks.
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>>> Genuine, double certified Norval Morrisseau painting available for purchase

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~ Great opportunity for a serious collector and/or Institution

"Shaman with Power Spirits", 29"x56", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau
~ acrylic on board; /Click on image to enlarge and/or click HERE for canvas VERSO/
Acquired from Randy Potter Estate Auctions;
Sold through Gallery Sunami, Toronto, Ontario;
Certified by David Morrisseau, Toronto, Ontario (click HERE and/or HERE);
Certified by Kenneth J. Davies, B.Sc. C.Ga CFC, Forensic Expert, Calgary, Alberta


"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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ASKING PRICE: $30,000 CDN;
Location of item: Toronto, Ontario


NOTE: This paintings was acquired from Randy Potter Estate Auction in Pickering, Ontario. At a later date this painting was purchased through Gallery Sunami, Toronto, Ontario by a private collector from Toronto, Ontario. This painting came with certification by David Morrisseau, Toronto, Ontario (artist's son) and it has been forensically certified by Kenneth J. Davies, B.Sc. C.Ga CFC - Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Expert from Calgary Alberta (click HERE for full Forensic Report by Mr. Davies, dated April 18th, 2012). This painting was proven to be as authentic as hundreds of other Norval Morrisseau paintings sold through Mr. Potter's auction house during the past two decades. 


>>> Reference post:
- Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science.-
 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

>>> Maslak McLeod Gallery sued for selling a genuine Norval Morrisseau painting to Kevin Hearn - Band member of the Barenaked Ladies

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Kevin Hearn Vs. Joseph B. McLeod and Maslak McLeod Gallery Inc.
/Cour File No. CV-12-455650/

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"Spirit Energy of Mother Earth",  © 1974 Norval Morrisseau
~ Click HERE to view the inscription on canvas VERSO
Provenance: Purchased from Randy Potter Estate Auctions in Pickering, Ontario; sold to Mr. Kevin Hearn by Mr. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery (Toronto, Ontario) & exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on June 11th, 2010 (click HERE)


Who is Mr. Kevin Hearn* ('Plaintiff'):

> Just another naïve and gullible proxy (collector) who has been deliberately mislead by those who had labeled thousands of genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) tecnique as forgeries. Based on recent court decision in Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway I suspect Mr. Hearn is going to drop his case against Maslak McLeod Gallery very soon. 

Who is Mr. Joseph McLeod ('Defendant'):

> An art expert with a comprehensive knowledge of an artist's work who generated adequate consensus within the art community to establish the authenticity of Norval Morrisseau's works of art.

Mr. Joseph McLeod is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in Canadian 'Woodland Art' and his Maslak McLeod Gallery has built an impressive reputation in the art world for more than 30 years.

He has been a qualified expert witness for the Crown in Federal Court with respect to Norval Morrisseau's art in a pivotal Tax Court of Canada case relevant to cultural property donation program [see Zelinski, Whent, Pustina v. The Queen, (No. 92-424)].

Recently, Mr. Joseph McLeod testified in a pivotal court case relevant to authenticity of Norval Morrisseau artworks [see Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway].

Mr. McLeod has also been called upon by numerous auction houses such as Sotheby's to help authenticate Norval Morrisseau artworks with his professional expertise.

Mr. McLeod was a member of Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) and currently has a membership with The Canadian Association of Personal Property Appraisers (CPPA).  

>> Mr. Joseph McLeod has been instrumental in bringing Canadian Native Art to Germany, Italy, Brazil, Japan, China, France and Puerto Rico. 

 >>> Affiliations Curatorial and Appraisal Work of Joseph McLeod:

Art Dealers Association of Canada;
Canada Council for Aboriginal Buisness;
The Government of Canada;
Museum of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay, Ontario CANADA;
Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, U.S.A.;
The Paul R. Macpherson Woodland Collection of Art,
McMaster University Museum, Hamilton, Ontario;

Sotheby's.com - Master Dealer;
Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.;
The Pequot Museum, Conneticut, U.S.A.;
The Heard Museum, Pheonix, Arizona, U.S.A.;
Govenor's Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.;
Volkunder Museum, Munich, GERMANY &
Exposicao de Arte Indigena, Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL.

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>>> In a court judgement "Hatfield vs. Artworld of Sherway" /Court File No. SC-09-087264-0000/ Judge Paul J. Martial stated the following about Mr. Joseph McLeod:

“He demonstrated a superior depth of knowledge of Morrisseau…”
(Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 25)

“The testimony of Mr. Joseph McLeod is indicative of his care and the detailed effort to confirm provenance, including the hiring of a forensic expert to examine the signature on the back of the painting indicate that he took his role to provide appraisals seriously. His testimony… demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the painter due to his lengthy association with the artist.”

(Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 35)

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BLOG MASTER'S COMMENT:

Forensic Document Examinations have been deployed numerous times on various genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings. These artworks were successfully purchased at Randy Potter Estate Auctions and at other auction houses/commercial art galleries across Canada and around the world (click HERE).

These scientific findings have proven successful at determining authenticity of the artwork authored by Norval Morrisseau's hand against publicly known signatures by Norval Morrisseau and his letters of correspondence.

I am certain that this genuine Norval Morrisseau acrylic painting on canvas will be authenticated by forensic science as well.

Forensic Document Examinations were conducted on paintings which were signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique commonly found on the reverse of these genuine Norval Morrisseau artworks.

Many forensic reports and their conclusive findings have been presented on this platform. These reports were prepared by the three top internationally recognized Forensic Document Examiners and Handwriting Experts (see sidebar).

IMPORTANT NOTE: The first ever Forensic Document Examination analysis on Norval Morrisseau signature had been completed on January 24th, 2002 for Mr. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery by Mr. Brian Lindblom of 'The Document Examination Consultants Inc.' (click HERE).

Friday, April 19, 2013

>>> Genuine Norval Morrisseau painting currently available for purchase on eBay

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~ Great opportunity for a serious collector and/or Institution

"Dance of the Beaver", 22"x21", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau
~ acrylic on deer hide; FROM COLLECTION OF MR. RANDY POTTER 
/Click on image to enlarge and/or click HERE for canvas VERSO/


"The beaver was considered sacred by the Ojibway who, because of its meat and fur, regarded it as a source of life… The first beaver of the year that is caught by the Ojibway is always eaten in a manner that is considered sacred. Some Indians would spread a clean cloth and have the first beaver eaten on the floor, not on the table. All the bones are tied in a bundle in a clean cloth with ribbons and tobacco and are thrown in water. This is believed to bring good luck in catching beaver for the coming season."
 
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ASKING PRICE: $22,350 CDN

~ To view this genuine Norval Morrisseau acrylic on deer hide currently presented on eBay click HERE.

NOTE: This paintings comes from collection of Mr. Randy Potter who used to own Randy Potter Estate Auction in Pickering, Ontario - the same place that painting "Wheel of Life, 1979" was acquired from. This painting ("Wheel of Life, 1979") was part of "Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway" court case and was proven to be as authentic as hundreds of other Norval Morrisseau paintings sold through Mr. Potter's auction house during the past two decades.  


>>> Reference post:
- Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science.-

*   Norval Morrisseau's Quote from "Legends of My People The Great Ojibway"; Page 21 - Illustrated and told by Norval Morriseau, Edited by Selwyn Dewdney /© The Ryerson Press, 1965; ISBN: 0-7700-0110-6/