Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Yesterday, genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings exhibited at AGO in 2010 auctioned at RITCHIES

-
Art Gallery of Ontario
Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario /Toronto, Ontario CANADA/






















"Water Spirits 1 of 3"/"Water Spirits 2 of 3",
approx. 34"x24" ea., © 1970 Norval Morrisseau
/These paintings were EXHIBITED & OFFERED FOR SALE at AGO Art Rental + Sales Galleryclick HERE & HERE for screen captures/
PROVENANCE: Norval Morrisseau, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Alan Swanson, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto; Private Collection, Windsor, Ontario.

~ NOTE: These paintings, while exhibited at AGO in 2010, were titled "Spirit Animals" and "Shaman Speaks With Birds" respectively and marked as a diptych (click HERE); also click HERE and/or HERE to see comparison of these two paintings with genuine Norval Morrisseau painting which was authenticated by Forensic Science on December 2011.  


>>> These genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings were signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique on the canvas versos. They were auctioned on May 28th, 2013 at Ritchies Auctioneers Auction Gallery* (RITCHIES) at 777 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

See Lot 24 and Lot 25 (or click HERE and HERE for screen captures).-

Estimate: $14,000/16,000 ea.


* - With offices in Toronto, New York and Hong Kong RITCHIES offer over 20 auctions each year to a broad national and international market. Their buyers include leading collectors, dealers, designers, curators and discerning private individuals who have come to trust their expertise, experience and in-depth market knowledge.

-
-


Sources: AGO Art Gallery of Ontario / Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario &
                  Ritchies Auctioneers Auction Gallery


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

“The Court finds that there is overwhelming evidence that Norval Morrisseau signed paintings in black brush paint.”

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

In the same court judgement Judge Paul J. Martial stated the following about Mr. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery:

“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)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


BLOG MASTERS COMMENT:

~ The paintings in this post have provenance leading to the artist himself and to Mr. Joseph McLeod's Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. Also, to Alan Swanson (1947-1998) who was getting paintings from Mr. Rolf Schneiders of Thunder Bay, Ontario (click HERE to view the paintings which were authenticated by the artist in 2002 and by Forensic Science in 2011 - all acquired from private collection of Mr. Schneiders).


>>> Reference posts:
- The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part VIII), - Forensic Document Examination (Part I), - Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science, - 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.
-

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Beware of Norval Morrisseau on Wikipedia (Part I)

 read -
WARNING! ~ WIKIPEDIA page maintained by individual(s) discredited in a pivotal court case relevant to authenticity of Norval Morrisseau artworks




























Screen capture from WIKIPEDIA; be very cautious if proceeding...

~ Wikipedia: General disclaimer:
   WIKIPEDIA MAKES NO GUARANTEE OF VALIDITY

"The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields." ~ WIKIPEDIA


>>> IMPORTANT: See below to read about this pivotal court case relevant to authenticity of Norval Morrisseau artworks. This critical information was "conveniently avoided" by editors of Norval Morrisseau's page on WIKIPEDIA as it worked against their own agenda of continuing devaluation of genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings, especially those artworks signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique.


A landmark court decision confirms the authenticity of thousands of Norval  Morrisseau paintings! 

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

~ The following is the analysis and decision of Deputy Judge Paul J. Martial's judgement dated March 25th, 2013 and officially issued by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on April 2nd, 2013 (Pages 35 - 39) 


ANALYSIS – copy of Judge Martial’s Judgment
(Note: For clarity and brevity, we have removed Judge Martial’s lengthy supporting quotes from the trial transcripts, which he added between the paragraphs)

"The Court has considered in excess of some 750 pages of testimony over five days of hearing and reviewed the exhibits and considered the detailed written submissions of counsel.

"The Court finds that there is overwhelming evidence that Norval Morrisseau signed paintings in black brush paint.


"The eye witness testimony of his brother Wilfred Morrisseau who lived with him for substantial periods of time in the North and elsewhere and who saw him sign in black brush paint is convincing and credible.

"The testimony of Marlow Goring supports his testimony in regards to the practise of the artist signing paintings in black brush.

"Wilfred Morrisseau's testimony that his brother painted while in jail and his explanation of his brother's decadent lifestyle and his carefree attitude to life provides a cogent explanation for the lack of receipts to document the provenance.

"The Court adopts Wilfred Morrisseau's testimony that his brother painted a significant number of paintings en masse and it is therefore reasonable to conclude that his production was in the thousands.


"The testimony of Mr. Joseph McLeod is indicative of his care and the detailed efforts 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 of the origin of the Cree syllabic signature, the name Copper Thunderbird and his interpretation of the painting "Wheel of Life" demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the painter due to his lengthy association with the artist.

"His explanation of the brown more muted colour of the painting compared to the brighter later paintings is credible when considered in the context of pictographs near Lac Seul and in Nipigon where Morrisseau lived and likely the inspiration of the earlier paintings. Such pictographs were also known to exist in the Petroglyphs near Peterborough where Morrisseau formerly resided.

"The Defendants acted reasonably in obtaining one of two appraisals from Mr. Joseph McLeod to authenticate the painting due to his knowledge of and prior dealings with the artist due to the controversy about provenance.

"The Court received the statutory declarations of Norval Morrisseau and letters filed by the Plaintiff in support of the allegation of forgery. This evidence was relevant and although hearsay was admitted since it was relevant to the central issue - Was the painting a forgery?

"In assessing the reliability of that evidence however, the Court notes that since this evidence was not subject to cross-examination it had to be carefully weighed in light of the testimony of all of the witnesses.

"The Plaintiff's own witness Donald Robinson provided viva voce testimony of Norval Morrisseau's inconsistency and difficulty in identifying his own work, and of his unpredictability.

"He agreed that Morrisseau could have memory problems from 2003 to 2006, and of his decline in health due to his illness.

Robinson's admission that he was not surprised that Morrisseau would sign a certificate of authenticity to please also cast doubt on the reliability of the statutory declarations signed by Morrisseau.

"His testimony coupled with the testimony of other witnesses of Morrisseau's Parkinson's disease raises a significant doubt of the reliability of the statutory declarations.

"Although a letter from a lawyer who was present at the signing of the statutory declaration and a doctor's letter were filed at trial, no expert testimony of capacity was proffered by the Plaintiff on such a key issue.

"Mr. Robinson was qualified as an expert in the area of valuation and appraisal. His testimony however overlapped into the area of handwriting and included an analysis of syllabic and English handwriting, areas for which he was not qualified.

"He has no formal training as an expert witness in handwriting analysis and his evidence is rejected.

"Dr. Singla's forensic evidence is preferred in this regard and his finding that it is highly probable that the painting "Wheel of Life" was painted by Norval Morrisseau was supported by his detailed technical analysis of known signatures of' Norval Morrisseau.

"Mr. Robinson also testified as to his personal dealings with Morrisseau paintings. It was his view that there were a large number of forgeries.

"It was also clear that his personal views and business interests conflicted with his professional opinion since it was in his interest along with Mr. Vadas to maintain the price of Morrisseau paintings which would not otherwise be the case if the market was flooded with paintings sourced from Potter auctions.

"The Court rejects his expert report and his conclusion that the Morellian analysis, style, colour, and provenance all pointed to forgery.

"Mr. Joseph McLeod's testimony is preferred to that of Mr. Ritchie Sinclair. Mr. Sinclair's testimony of numerous forgers paid for with drugs although dramatic was not supported by the evidence.

DECISION

"After a careful consideration of all of the evidence, the Court finds that on the balance of probabilities that the painting "Wheel of Life" dated February 1979 is an original Norval Morrisseau and undoubtedly one of his most notorious paintings.

"The painting “Wheel of Life" is not a forgery. The Defendants did not misrepresent the authenticity of the painting.

"The Plaintiff's claim is dismissed with costs fixed at $1,500.00 dollars pursuant to the written submissions of counsel.

"Dated at Toronto this 25th day of March 2013.

Signed
/Paul J. Martial/"


- -
-

~ This document, issued by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, also includes the introduction, plaintiff's and defence evidence as well as summary of testimonies by Ms. Margaret Hatfield, Mr. Donald Robinson, Mr. Ritchie Sinclair, Ms. Donna Child, Mr. Wilfred Morrisseau, Mr. Kevin Cott, Mr. Joseph McLeod, Mr. Marlow Goring, Dr. Atul K. Singla and Mr. James White.

Source: Deputy Judge Paul J. Martial's judgement
                  /Complete Original Downloadable Document/

                 


>>> Reference posts:
- Forensic Document Examination (Part I), - Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science, - 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.
-

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Who is the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society, what are they hiding & who are they protecting?

-
 Revised - Originally published on  March 31st, 2013

Norval Morrisseau @ NMHS, Toronto October 2005 [1]





















> ARE THESE GENUINE NORVAL MORRISSEAU PAINTINGS EVER GOING TO BE SUBMITTED FOR AN INDEPENDENT SIGNATURE FORENSIC ANALYSIS?


"The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society was allegedly established at the request of Norval Morrisseau even though he could no longer talk, and mentally he had “left the building.” They were supposed to research, document and preserve his artistic achievement and protect the integrity of his art. They were supposed 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."


~ Committee members of the NMHS are as follows (CURRENT and PAST):

* Dr. Ruth Phillips - Professor of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario;
* Greg Hill - Curator of Indigenous Art at National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario;
* Elizabeth McLuhan - Dept. of History, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba;
* Richard H. Baker - Barrister and Solicitor;
* Cindy Bromley - Communications Manager, City of Toronto, Ontario (a NEW member);
* Dr. Carmen Robertson -  An associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan (a NEW member) &
* Dr. Trudy Nicks -  Curator at The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario (a NEW member).
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* John Zemanovich - Writer/Stock Broker, Toronto, Ontario (not a member anymore);
* 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).

> NMHS could be contacted at norvalmorrisseauheritage@gmail.com.
- -
Source (members): opencorporates - NMHS
/The Open Database Of The Corporate World/



[1] - For backround history related to this blog post's photo illustration, which involve members of the NMHS observing genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings submitted to NMHS by Mr. Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries, please read "Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are Hoax /Michele and Gabor Vadas Exposed/ (Part I)" & "Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are Hoax /Michele and Gabor Vadas Exposed/ (Part II)".

NOTE: The paintings submitted to NMHS were all purchased over the period between late 1999 and early 2000 by Mr. Donald Robinson from Randy Potter Estate Auction. All of these genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings were signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique.

~ For an in-depth analysis involving genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a DB technique click HERE


BLOG MASTER'S COMMENT: Why are they silent? Is their silence approval for what has been happening in Canadian courtrooms and 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 inactions "continue to hurt the legacy" of the man they are supposed to protect. 

Actually they have already "lost all credibility" in the eyes of those whose "art collections and livelihoods" are being "devalued and destroyed."

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

-
- -


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

"The Court finds that there is overwhelming evidence that Norval Morrisseau signed paintings in black brush paint.” (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 34)


NOTE: Genuine Norval Morrisseau painting involved in this court case was also acquired from Randy Potter Estate Auctions and appraised by Mr. Joseph McLeod.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------



>>> 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'..., - Deceptions of John Zemanovich (Part I), - Blasphemy (Part II), - Morrisseau's artwork in Auction Houses, Commercial Art Galleries & Museums Around the World, - Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science, - Genuine Morrisseau paintings: Appraised, Authenticated and Forensically Analyzed...- After 3 years of RCMP & Thunder Bay Police Service investigation no evidence of fraud found. - Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway (Part IV) & - Pivotal Court Case Relevant to Authenticity of Norval Morrisseau Artworks.
-

Monday, May 20, 2013

Victoria Day 2013

-




























"Victoria and Family", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau


In Canada, the celebration of Victoria Day occurs every year on Monday, prior to May 25th. It is the official celebration in Canada of the birthdays of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Victoria Day was established as a holiday in Canada West (Now Ontario) in 1845, and became a national holiday in 1901. Before Victoria Day became a national Holiday, people had celebrated Empire Day , beginning in the 1890s as Victoria approached her Diamond jubilee in 1897. Victoria, queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India was born on 24 May 1819. She ascended the throne after the death of her uncle George IV in 1837 when she was only 18. She ruled until her death in 1901 when her son Edward the VII became king of England.





BLOG MASTER'S NOTE: The above painting titled "Victoria and Family, 1978" shows a celebration of Norval Morrisseau's first grandchild (Andy, born in 1977) from his daughter Victoria (born in 1960) and her husband Walter Henry Kakekagumick (born in 1959; died on April 6th, 2013).
~ They have three children and nine grandchildren.

*The acrylic painting on canvas in this post: "Victoria and Family", 59"x39", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau. Image of this painting can be found on page 153 in "The Art of Norval Morrisseau" /Sinclair, Lister, Jack Pollock, and Norval Morrisseau/ -Toronto, Ontario: Methuen, 1979; ISBN: 0-458-93820-3/

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mr. Randy Potter's genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings available on eBay (Part IV)


~ Reference for Norval Morrisseau's admirers, & art collectors

 "SPIRITS SPEAK WITH ANIMAL SPIRITS", 33"x26", 
© 1975 Norval Morrisseau /click on image to Enlarge and/or click HERE to view canvas VERSO signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/ ~ from Mr. Randy Potter's collection 
 
 
"I AM LISTING THIS PAINTING TO POSSIBLY EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT MORRISSEAU PAINTINGS. MY NAME IS RANDY POTTER AND I AM A RETIRED AUCTIONEER. I HAVE SOLD PROBABLY AROUND 1500 OF NORVALS PAINTINGS AND HAVE NEVER HAD EVEN ONE RETURNED TO ME FOR A REFUND. 100% HAPPY CUSTOMERS." 

Randy Potter
Port Hope, Ontario





Source: 'eBay' Item number: 161023177035


BLOG MASTER'S NOTES:

All of Norval Morrisseau paintings acquired from Mr. Potter's auction (Randy Potter Estate Auctions) that were analyzed for artist's signatures were forensically authenticated by three top internationally recognized Forensic Document Examiners and Handwriting Experts from Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary (click HERE).

Also, every single painting purchased from Mr. Potter's auction which had been brought for appraisal to Mr. Joseph McLeod (Maslak McLeod Gallery) was positively authenticated as well.  


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

"The Court finds that there is overwhelming evidence that Norval Morrisseau signed paintings in black brush paint.” (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 34)


NOTE: Genuine Norval Morrisseau painting involved in this court case was also acquired from Randy Potter Estate Auctions and appraised by Mr. Joseph McLeod.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-