Monday, July 28, 2014

>>> Ugo Matulic wins $1,000,000 SLAPP suit against Kinsman Robinson Galleries /REVISITED/

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Kinsman Robinson Galleries vs. Ugo Matulic /CV-10-417123/



Ugo Matulic in front of Kinsman Robinson Galleries, February 2013



 




























"KRG SLAPP Suit Target Ugo Matulic of Calgary, Alberta, celebrates his total judicial triumph (May, 2013) and vindication, outside Toronto’s Kinsman Robinson Galleries, whose principals sued him for One Million Dollars for “defamation” in 2010. Ugo is famous in Canadian history as the first person ever taken to court by the Morrisseau Conspiracy Theorists. Though they have had 13 years to take “thousands of forgeries and umpteen forgers” to court they have never done it, even once, knowing full well they have no believable evidence, of any kind, that will hold up in any court. Instead the Principal Conspiracy Theorist, the Junior Morrisseau Conspiracy Theorist, who work inside this gallery – alongside the Principal Blogging Conspiracy Theorist – have targeted Morrisseau researchers and investigative journalists, to try to shut them up, and stop them from exposing what has been called “the greatest fraud in Canadian art history.” Matulic has amassed what can only be called a stunning collection of compromising documentary evidence that catalogues (my call) the history of the biggest hoax, as well as the biggest act of cultural genocide, in Canadian history. AFTER THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN MATULIC WENT INSIDE... TOURED THE GALLERY, CHATTING AND SHAKING HANDS WITH JOHN MACGREGOR NEWMAN, THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE GALLERY. No one recognized the man they had been attacking and defaming for years on the KRG corporate blog, and against whom they had launched a totally specious million dollar SLAPP suit."
~ Source: http://themorrisseauhoaxexposedblog.com/
 

Recommended link: $Million$ SLAPP Suit Abandoned: Matulic Totally Triumphant over KRG… Post by http://themorrisseauhoaxexposedblog.com/ 


BLOG MASTER'S STATEMENT:

"The Plaintiffs have actively and deliberately taken action to corner the market in paintings by Norval Morrisseau. They are using their own position, as a former Morrisseau dealer, to inflate the value of their own holdings of Norval Morrisseau's paintings, and deflate the value of paintings held by Matulic, other Morrisseau collectors and art galleries all across Canada, by falsely claiming that many genuine Morrisseaus are forgeries, especially those signed on the back by the artist in black paint using drybrush (DB) technique. However several of these paintings have been positively confirmed for the signature authenticity by three independent forensic document examiners from Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 4, Page 2)

"The Plaintiffs along with other individuals have attacked Matulic's personal and professional reputation in an attempt to devalue paintings from Matulic's personal collection calling them forgeries and abominations."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 5, Page 2)

Donald Robinson
> On May 7th, 2008 KRG blog published a post under the title "Will the real SpiritWalker please stand up?" If you read the text under that heading and ignore the racist slant that is, in a sense disparaging to all Canadian immigrants, including the former Governor General of Canada, one would get a feeling that to appreciate Canadian native art a person has to be either a native Canadian or Canadian born. I have posted my reply to their racial profiling almost a year later on April 24th, 2009 with a post "The Real Spirit Walker is standing up!"...

As per December 31st, 2010 post by KRG blog at http://genuinemorrisseau.blogspot.com/ it is stated that allegations presented on the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG referring to Kinsman Robinson Galleries "are unfair and false, offensive, mean-spirited"  and "were published either with the knowledge that they were false, or with conscious disregard for the truth." (click HERE) This post has been since deleted by KRG blog editors.

Because of that they sued me for $500,000.00 for libel in respect of the alleged defamatory words posted on my blog at http://norvalmorrisseau.blogspot.com/. Also, for punitive, aggravated, special and exemplary damages in the amount of $500,000.00. 

It is also important to note that the Plaintiffs never sued any originators of the alleged libelous statements, to whom I had linked. It was obvious that their action was intended to interfere with my right to freedom of expression. They intended to keep me quiet (they have never sued an alleged forger or distributor of forgers. Nor did they sue or return paintings to Randy Potter of Randy Potter Estate Auction of Port Hope, Ontario).


 
In July 2011 my legal counsel requested the Plaintiffs to provide particulars of the precise Defamatory Words for each individual Blog post and the meaning ascribed to them that the Plaintiffs allege were false and maliciously published or republished as articles on the “Norval Morrisseau Blog” on the dates listed in their Statement of Claim.

In August 2011 legal counsel for the Plaintiffs (Mr. Eric N. Hoffstein) responded that "these particulars were not necessary for pleading and are more properly the subject of discovery." Mr. Hoffstein also stated that "the particulars of the damages suffered by the Plaintiff  will be provided during the discovery process." Then at a later date they tried to skip the discovery process by proposing the mandatory mediation. I strongly objected their proposal and advised my lawyer to go for the discovery first where I would demand from the Plaintiffs all documents which they have hidden from the public since 2001.

Also, it is important to note that the Plaintiffs offered to settle twice over the course of two years and even during lunch break, in the midst of the first day of Discovery, outside of the deposition room. On all three occasions I totally and utterly refused to settle out-of-court with the Plaintiffs...


> Kinsman Robinson Galleries originally demanded that I do not publish any negative comments in any form about Donald Robinson, Paul Robinson or Kinsman Robinson Galleries or any of its principals or employees. In one of their offers to settle they even asked for me to pay for their legal costs with a very strange request. They were prepared to consider alternate payment arrangements, which might include accepting artwork instead of cash. If I preferred I could have paid them with art from my collection and they were "prepared to accept a risk of selling such art".

This is strange as they were in full support of Mr. Ritchie Sinclair who claims that I am "a spokesperson for a forgery ring" and that I personally own "hundreds of fake Norval Morrisseau paintings" (click HERE and/or HERE). Mr. Sinclair is an operator of a malicious and defamatory website WWW.MORRISSEAU.COM that claims that over 1,000 Morrisseau paintings - 99% of which he has never seen in person - are forgeries.

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© Photography by Webster Galleries Inc.
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Left: "Legendary Omish-Shoo's", ink/acrylic on paper, 15"x20", © 1971 Norval Morrisseau - acquired by Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario from a Private Collection of Mr. Terry Hlady, Calgary, Alberta - originally offered for sale through Webster Galleries Inc., Calgary, Alberta;

Right: "Ancestral Spirits", acrylic on canvas, 36"x48", © 1989 Norval Morrisseau. This painting is from a Private Collection of Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker (Calgary, Alberta). It was acquired directly from the artist by Mr. Gary Lamont a.k.a Gary Bruce Thacky (Thunder Bay, Ontario) in 1989; Currently on display at Webster Galleries Inc., Calgary, Alberta. /Click on image to Enlarge/

NOTE: THE ONLY documents Plaintiffs submitted for Discovery were the posts listed in their STATEMENT OF CLAIM (see below under "ADDITIONAL INFORMATION") and correspondence with two of their clients including an e-mail from Mr. James Schuster and two e-mails from Mr. Edward Morrasut who expressed interest in purchasing the painting above "Legendary Omish-Shoo's", which was offered to him for $10,000 by Kinsman Robinson Galleries).

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Also, Mr. Sinclair promoted paintings offered for sale by Kinsman Robinson Galleries in 2010 while labeling authentic Norval Morrisseau paintings as fakes or forgeries offered for sale at the same time in Webster Galleries, Calgary, Alberta (see images above or click HERE & HERE). 

The same Mr. Sinclair for whom Mr. Donald Robinson stated the following: "I would like to recognize Ritchie Sinclair for his efforts to identify Norval’s true artistic legacy." /"EXPERT REPORT" ; September 10th, 2009; Page 74/.

It is worth noting that the Plaintiffs and Mr. Ritchie Sinclair showed disrespectful behaviour towards some of the Woodland painters... specifically 'attacking' the artistic integrity of the prominent Anishinaabe painter Mr. Don Ningewance. Mr. Sinclair even lebeled Mr. Don Ningewance as a Norval Morrisseau Art Forger (click HERE for more info).  

~ Click HERE & HERE to read summary reports of two court cases directly involving Mr. Donald Robinson (the Plaintiff) and Mr. Ritchie Sinclair (Ref. Otavnik vs. Sinclair & Hatfield vs. Artworld of Sherway). Both, Mr. Donald Robinson and Mr. Ritchie Sinclair, together with Mr. Robinson's "Expert Report", were discredited by the recent court ruling of April 2nd, 2013.

As per the suggestion of my legal counsel (Mr. Antonin I. Pribetic) I was advised that when the case goes for trial that I would not be able to retrieve more than 50% of the legal costs. The only way I could get approximately 75% of the costs back would be if I offer to settle without cost. 

As I was confident I would win I instructed my legal counsel to file an offer to settle as he did on June 22nd, 2012. The offer was accepted by the plaintiffs on April 9th, 2013, only a week after a court judgement by  Judge Paul J. Martial in Hatfield vs. Artworld of Sherway /Court File No. SC-09-087264-0000/. In this judgement Mr. Donald Robinson was discredited by the judge on all counts (click HERE).

Right after the release of the Hatfield judgment, KRG's legal counsel told my lawyer they would accept my offer of June 22nd, 2012. But then they dawdled and dawdled, obviously trying to delay, perhaps indefinitely, until I instructed my lawyer in mid May 2013 to demand definite information. He would have filed to have their acceptance of the offer enforced by the courts, which would have involved considerable cost to them (my costs as well as theirs). Then they signed (click HERE).

Paul Robinson
> I was amazed and disturbed to find out that neither Paul nor Donald Robinson chose to appear and face me on the first day of Discovery?

"When I was told that Donald Robinson’s son Paul would appear on Donald Robinson’s behalf, on the Plaintiff’s Discovery day, “due to (Donald Robinson’s) health issues and lack of preparation,” I aborted, demanding that Donald Robinson had to appear. I demanded Discovery be held in May, and with Donald Robinson in attendance.

I attended the Discovery on February 27th, 2013. I had to come from Calgary, which was costly, including my lost wages, and the  cost of the flight and accommodation. I  was questioned for seven hours by the Plaintiffs' legal counsel, Ms. Chloe Snider (the Plaintiffs were not in attendance?).

I revealed that I had thorough and complete backup to all my allegations with very good documents. Ms. Snider announced that she was not going to produce Mr. Donald Robinson to be questioned the following day...

In any event, the Plaintiffs signed the Full and Final Release dropping all charges against me as soon as the judgement by Judge Paul J. Martial in Hatfield vs. Artworld of Sherway was announced.

This means that I would be totally free to write as before, about Donald Robinson, Paul Robinson, John MacGregor Newman, and Kinsman Robinson Galleries, as their activities relate to the Hoax of the so-called “fakes” they allege.

I was in the process of submitting a long list of documents they would be required to produce that they have hidden from public scrutiny for the last 13 years. And they knew that is what they would have to reveal. Also financial documents, which actually show their profits went up from the Hoax, and not down from my revelations.

"Matulic commenced his Blog almost four years ago following false statements made publicly by the Plaintiffs and other individuals who were closely associated with the Plaintiffs regarding the authenticity of many Norval Morrisseau's paintings which these individuals called 'questionable', 'fakes', 'forgeries', 'abominations' and other defamatory attributes. Matulic felt the need to create a platform that would speak for Norval Morrisseau when this privilege to speak for himself was put in the hands of others who were only interested in their personal financial gain all the while putting the Legacy of Norval Morrisseau aside."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 10, Page 4)

I very successfully succeeded in defending this frivolous SLAPP suit and I will continue pursuing our mission of seeking justice for Norval Morrisseau and his art, which is a vital aspect of Canada’s heritage.

And SLAPP suits like this to silence those like me who try to put the truth in front of the public will soon be a thing of the past in Ontario.

LANDMARK LEGISLATION TO BAN SLAPP SUITS IN ONTARIO

“The Province of Quebec has already enacted legislation against SLAPP SUITS (“strategic litigation against public participation”). 

Now the Attorney General for Ontario has introduced a bill to ban these nuisance lawsuits, intended to terrorize and silence bloggers and journalists who bring important public issues out in the open. It is expected that the Ontario bill will be passed in the fall, as it has strong support from the NDP, whose members will vote with the minority Liberal Government to make sure it passes  before the next Ontario election is held.” 
 
Below find the link from the June 6th, 2013 article in the Toronto Star.
 

Nuisance lawsuits targeted by Ontario government



~ Reference material:
    "The Greatest Fraud in Canadian Art History" (2001-2013)

 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
 

"Citizen participation is the heart of our democracy. Whether petitioning the government, writing a traditional news article, or commenting on the quality of a business, the involvement of citizens in the exchange of ideas benefits our society.

Yet frivolous lawsuits aimed at silencing those involved in these activities are becoming more common, and are a threat to the growth of our society. The Internet age has created a more permanent and searchable record of public participation as citizen participation in democracy grows through self-publishing, citizen journalism and other forms of speech. Unfortunately, abuses of the legal system, aimed at silencing these citizens, have also grown. These lawsuits are called Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation or “SLAPP” suits."

/Source: http://slappedintexas.com; Post: "A SLAPP Suit -- The Bully’s Weapon Against Democracy:"/


"SLAPP suits are often poorly disguised as defamation, interference with contract, or interference with business lawsuits. Most filers know that they are likely to lose, but their hope is that defendants will be intimidated by the prospects of costly, lengthy pre-trial processes and the trial itself.  The filer’s strategy is to wait out the defendants and drive up the defendants’ costs to the point they can no longer continue to defend against the meritless SLAPP suit...

SLAPP suits are a crude but effective way for interested parties to stifle public speech and participation in public affairs."

/Source: http://opencda.com; Post: "SLAPP Revisited"/

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This $ 1 Million SLAPP suit, defended by Ugo Matulic, was brought by Kinsman Robinson Galleries in an attempt to silence a blogger determined to reveal the truth to the public about a hoax that has destroyed millions of dollars worth of assets held by Canadian and international collectors, art dealers, galleries and museums.

"Matulic therefore submits that this action constitutes an abuse of process and has been commenced with the vexatious attempt to deter Matulic from expressing his opinions, and as such, this is a strategic lawsuit against public participation intended to interfere with Matulic's right to freedom of expression."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 28, Page 10)

"Freedom of expression is guaranteed by s. 2 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the "Charter"). It is essential to the proper functioning of the institutions of a democratic form of governance, including the institutions of the courts, the judiciary and an independent professional bar. The law should encourage and permit freewheeling debate in good faith on matters of public interest. The law should not be used to thwart such freewheeling debate by an overtly solicitous attempt to protect a private corporation such as one owned by the plaintiffs. The Matulic postings at issue in this action, demonstrate the vital importance of such a free-wheeling debate. In the particular circumstances of this case, the postings should benefit from constitutional immunity."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 15, Page 6)

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>>> Regarding the truthful and factual statements published on the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG, the Plaintiffs (Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Donald Robinson and Paul Robinson) demanded from the court the following:

"(d) an order requiring the Defendant to publish a clear and unreserved retraction on the Blog, as defined below, in respect of the Defamatory Words in a fashion that is at least as prominent as the Defamatory Words that appeard on the Blog;"

"(e) an order the Defendant to delete or destroy all electronic and physical copies of the articles containing the Defamatory Words;"

"(f) an order requiring the Defendant to provide the Plaintiffs with the identity of any person or corporation that hosts, publishes, republishes or posts links to the Defamatory Words, including the identity of the Defendant's internet service provider ("ISP");"

"(g) an order requiring the Defendant to send written requests to any person or corporation that hosts, publishes, republishes or posts links to the Defamatory Words, including Defendant's ISP;"

/Source: KINSMAN ROBINSON GALLERIES, DONALD ROBINSON and PAUL ROBINSON vs. UGO MATULIC (CV-10-417123) "Statement of Claim"; Pages: 10 & 11 - PDF/

~ The Plaintiffs dropped all the charges against me as they have never proven a single word written by me about them to be defamatory (see "Full and Final Release").

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As well as being totally free to write as before, about Donald Robinson, Paul Robinson, John MacGregor Newman, and Kinsman Robinson Galleries, I am also free to express my opinions and expose their activities if they continue using the Canadian legal system and the mainstream media, to perpetuate the Hoax of the so-called “fakes” they allege which is considered by many to be “the greatest art fraud in Canadian history.”

"Since Matulic created his blog, the plaintiffs have been provoking and disparaging a very large number of pieces of Norval Morrisseau artwork not sold through or by the Kinsman Robinson Gallery, in a concerted effort to corner the public market in Norval Morrisseau's artwork owned by Matulic and others. The plaintiffs' smear campaign is directed in devaluing and stigmatizing the authentic artwork of the late Norval Morrisseau who passed away in 2007."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 3, Page 2) 

"There are more than 40 galleries and various auction houses and museums across North America which have exhibited authentic Norval Morrisseau's artwork which the Plaintiffs consider fakes and they are in support of individuals who collectively deflated the value of paintings held by Matulic and other Norval Morrisseau collectors all across Canada, by falsely claiming that many genuine Norval Morrisseau's are fakes."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 18, Page 7) 

"The Plaintiffs' concerted campaign of online terror in the form of libel chill is a transparent attempt to monopolize the privileged sale of the Norval Morrisseau's artwork and to silence any of their critics."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 19, Page 7)

"Contrary to the Plaintiffs' assertions, Mr. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery, the other most prominent expert in Norval Morrisseau's art considers the paintings in question to be authentic."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 21, Page 8)

>>> 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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"All of the blog postings written by Matulic contain statements that are factually accurate or contain statements of opinion based upon accurate facts."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 7, Page 3)

"Matulic specifically denies the allegation in the ASOC paragraph 5 that he was actuated by bad faith in "publishing/broadcasting" the words complained of in the ASOC subparagraph 5. Matulic honestly believed his words to be true and posted them in good faith and without malice and without gross negligence."(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 24, Page 9)


>> The following are links to the posts from the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG specified in Plaintinffs' 'Statement of Claim' (DEC 2010) alleging Defamation:-

1. > ww.NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund.com (Part I) (NOV 22, 2008); 
2. > ww.NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund.com (Part III) (DEC 18, 2008);
3. > ww.NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund.com (Part IV) (DEC 19, 2008);
4. Weekend of Awakening (MAR 2, 2009);
5. David Voss about Donald Robinson (MAR 25, 2009);
6. Action of Deception by KRG (Part I) (MAY 12, 2009);
7. > ww.NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund.com (Part VI) (SEP 13, 2009); 
8. Action of Deception by KRG (Part II) (NOV 28, 2009); 
9. Action of Deception by KRG (Part III) (DEC 7, 2009);
10. Deceptions of the main 'Norval Morrisseau Conspirators': Gabor Vadas, Bryant Ross, Donald Robinson & Ritchie 'Stardreamer' Sinclair (Part I) (DEC 13, 2009); 
11. Action of Deception by KRG (Part IV) (DEC 15, 2009);
12. 'Old Art Scam' Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery and Gabor Vadas: Mr. Karl J. Burrows (Part I) (DEC 21, 2009);
13. Who is Donald C. Robinson and what is his role in the Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy? (Part I)  (JAN 19, 2010);
14. Who is Paul C. H. Robinson and what is his role in the Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy? (Part I) (MAR 2, 2010);
15. American art collectors write about incident at Kinsman Robinson Galleries (MAR 7, 2010);
16. Action of Deception by KRG (Part V) (APR 16, 2010);
17. Action of Deception by KRG (Part VII) (JUL 4, 2010);
18. Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (NOV 4, 2010);
19. Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (NOV 10, 2010);
20. 'Old Art Scam' Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery and Gabor Vadas: Mr. Karl J. Burrows (Part I) (DEC 29, 2010).

* Item No. 20 was originally posted on January 9th, 2010 & revised on December 29th, 2010 (Photograph of Mr. Karl Burrows replaced with another one - CONTENT OF THE POST NOT ALTERED OR MODIFIED IN ANY WAY)... (for comparison click HERE for the screen capture of "Google cache" version of the same post & click HERE for .PDF file of the same)

~ For those trying to understand why the Plaintiffs (Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Donald Robinson and Paul Robinson) decided to abandon this SLAPP suit I strongly recommend reading the posts noted above (with corresponding reference posts). Also, the following documents/posts listed in a chronological order from the day the Plaintiffs filed case against me in The Superior Court of Justice - Ontario (DEC 23, 2010):

NOTE: The Plaintiffs signed the Full and Final Release dropping all charges against me as soon as the judgement by Judge Paul J. Martial in Hatfield vs. Artworld of Sherway was announced.
 
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Dr. Atul K. Singla       Brian Lindblom       Kenneth J. Davies

/Canada's top Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Experts/

~ From 2002 to 2013 they have analyzed more than 70 various genuine Norval Morrisseau artworks, all alleged to be forgeries by Kinsman Robinson Galleries and their associates, and have found them, without exception, to be paintings signed by Norval Morrisseau.
Image: Courtesy of http://themorrisseauhoaxexposedblog.com/ 
 
> Even the Plaintiffs (Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Donald Robinson and Paul Robinson), as per signed Full and Final Release, agreed in dropping all charges against me related to alleged defamatory blog content and blog comments found on my blog entitled: NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG and available online at http://norvalmorrisseau.blogspot.ca/ they are still promoting the idea that material presented on this platform is false and defamatory, based on the blog posts still active online at http://genuinemorrisseau.blogspot.ca/.

Also, they are still continuing to disregard the scientific findings regarding the authenticity of Norval Morrisseau paintings not held in their possession, particularly those genuine artworks signed by the artist in black paint using drybrush (DB) technique. However large number of these paintings have been positively confirmed for the signature authenticity by three top internationally recognized Forensic Document Examiners and Handwriting Experts from Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary. 

The following are links to the posts from KRG Blog found at http://genuinemorrisseau.blogspot.ca/ (a) compared with corresponding blog posts from the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG found at http://norvalmorrisseau.blogspot.ca/ (b):-

~ KRG blog posts listed in a chronological order:



















 
 
 
 
 

~ I recommend reading all reference posts listed to each of the posts from the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG at http://norvalmorrisseau.blogspot.ca/.

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"The Plaintiff, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, previously owned and used the domain name www.norvalmorrisseau.com. However, they did not pay the necessary domain name registration renewal fees and it was placed on the open market and Matulic purchased the domain name. Since then, Matulic has used the domain name and blog to honour the late great Canadian painter Norval Morrisseau. The plaintiffs have on several occasions tried to intimidate him and to portray him in negative light, thereby allowing other individuals to launch a number of character defamation attacks on him on the internet and other forms of media."
(Statement of Defence, Sept. 21st, 2011; ¶ 6, Page 3)

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From left to right: "Bryant the Snake, 1988", "Don Robinson - The Shark in Still Waters, 1990" & "Ritchie the Thief in the Night, 1988"
- All paintings  © Norval Morrisseau

~ These paintings, signed on the back by Norval Morrisseau in black paint using drybrush (DB) technique were Forensically Authenticated by top internationally recognized Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Expert Kenneth J. Davies, B.Sc. C.Ga CFC - Examiner, Questioned Documents (Grapho-Lab® Services - Hawkeye Studios)
/Dated: November 10th, 2011/
 
* CLICK ON IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD THIS FORENSIC REPORT 

~ Two other genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings from this forensic report, also forensically authenticated by Mr. Davies, were labeled as FAKES by Dr. Ruth Phillips and Mr. Greg Hill who are members of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS). In-depth analysis of this occurrence (2008) will be presented in our next blog post titled:
 "RED LAKE INCIDENT - Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society Exposed"

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

>>> The only individual who was signing with his full name as a commenter on KRGs blog, in the above listed posts from the Plaintiffs' blog, was Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson who at one time operated one of the vilest blogging sites in the blogosphere where he character assassinated Mr. Goyce Kakegamic, Mr. Joseph McLeod, Mr. Gary Lamont, Mr. Joseph Otavnik, Mr. Michael Moniz (deceased), members of Norval Morrisseau biological family, myself and some other individuals. To read some of the opinions of the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG readers about Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson click HERE.

* More information about Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson's activities in the past few years, which had been recorded and archived, will be presented on the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG soon. 


Donald Robinson (KRG), Mark Anthony Jacobson (Vancouver Artist),
John McGregor Newman (KRG) and Dr. Trudy Nicks (Senior Curator
at Royal Ontario Museum and current
NMHS member)


~ Photography taken on December 21st, 2010 at "THE STRADA" in the Heart of Bloor West Village, Toronto - at an exhibition of the artworks by Mark Anthony Jacobson - Vancouver, BC, Ritchie Sinclair - Toronto, ON and John Rombough - Yellowknife, N.W.T.; only two days prior KRG's launching of $1,000,000 SLAPP suit against me - the case they LOST in April 2013

Mr. Jacobson is closely associated with Mr. Bryant Ross who is director of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery in Aldergrove, BC. Mr. Ross is an individual who in 1989 introduced Norval Morrisseau to Mr. Donald Robinson. Also, Mr. Jacobson is associated with Mr. Gabor Vadas (Norval Morrisseau's guardian &, business manager), Mr. Ritchie Sinclair (one of Norval Morrisseau's apprenticies), Mr. John Zemanovich (former member of the NMHS), Mr. Donald Robinson (the Plaintiff; Go to: "Out of the Past... The Voice of the “Expert Witness”), Mr. Paul Robinson (the Plaintiff; Go to: "Out of the Past... The Voice of the “Expert Witness”) and Mr. John MacGregor Newman (Associate Director of KRG).

The following are the posts from the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG, in May 2008,  for which John McGregor Newman placed comments under the disguised name 'herbert':

1. "Powerful Images" of Norval Morrisseau (Part I) /May 2nd, 2008/
2. Norval Morrisseau Cree Syllabics' Signature Study (Part I) /May 7th, 2008/
3. We Are All Children of Mother Earth /May 8th, 2008/
4. Norval Morrisseau Comparison Report (Part I) /May 9th, 2008/ &
5. Bill Reid Gallery - One of the biggest visual arts events of the year /May 10th, 2008/

Kinsman Robinson Galleries claims 'to commit to the highest ethical standards' and expresses desire to continue pursuing their "moral commitment to protect the artistic legacy of Norval Morrisseau and to preserve the value of genuine works by the artist"...

It is surprising to see that Kinsman Robinson Galleries used these comments by their Associate Director, Mr. John McGregor Newman, who concealed his true identity, to try undermining my credibility and consequently causing devaluation of my Norval Morrisseau art collection and destroying millions of dollars worth of assets held by Canadian and international collectors, art dealers, galleries and museums.

These comments by Mr. John McGregor Newman were posted at the same time frame when KRG Blog post with racist slant under the title "Will the real SpiritWalker please stand up?" was published. Click HERE to view screen capture of the original post with all pertaining comments including Mr. Newman's ('herbert').

If you read the last comment posted on August 10th, 2008 by "Principal Morrisseau Dealer" they were endorsing, with malicious intent, anonymous comment from the Tribal Artery Blog which states the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG, maintained by myself, "is an insult and a great shame in that it is promoting garbage made to deceive buyers" and connecting me with "promotion of this fraud as it relates to Morrisseau" and that I "should be ashamed" (click HERE & HERE).

Kinsman Robinson Galleries Blog kept this defamatory comment for almost a year until they deleted their blog in June 2009 (click HERE for KRG Blog screen capture prior to its deletion. See VERBATIM in the side bar (right side) of this anonymous comment which resided on on their blog for full ten months.


~ Other commenters of significance, which were posted in the side bar (click HERE), were Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson and Dr. Jonathan Browne of Ottawa, Ontario. Dr. Jonathan Browne was www.morrisseaubuyersbeware.com owner - click HERE for more information about Dr. Browne; Go to: "BACKGROUND TO THE “Wheel of Life, 1979” COURT CASE:").


 
"Grandfather Speaks of Great Ancestral Warrior"
© 1977 Norval Morrisseau; Click HERE to view this canvas VERSO
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The painting once owned by Dr. Jonathan Browne titled "Grandfather Speaks of Great Ancestral Warrior, 1977", was also forensically authenticated by top internationally recognized Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Expert Kenneth J. Davies, B.Sc. C.Ga CFC in April 2012 (click HERE). This genuine Norval Morrisseau painting was labeled as a FAKE by members of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) - Click HERE & see Page 3. More information will be presented in our next blog post: "RED LAKE INCIDENT - Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society Exposed."

Also, bloggers's comments by 'thickblacklines', 'juscruzin' , 'three owls', 'itsallaboutart' and 'amysticguru' who, together with 'Hugh' and 'Bogus Myth Slayer' ('Bogus Myth Slayer'), were trying to destabilize the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG. I allow them to post comments on this platform even they were obviously supporting the views of Kinsman Robinson Galleries.

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE to read some of these bloggers' comments from KRG Blog posts' screen captures. These commenters, including the Plaintiffs ('Principal Morrisseau dealer'), tried to ridicule me and undermine my credibility with full approval of Kinsman Robinson Galleries blog editors.

~ Among other peculiar behaviours they have chosen to completely disregard forensic science particularly when it comes to authenticity of genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist in black paint using drybrush (DB) technique.

Mr. John Mcgregor Newman was also active in placing his comments on KRG Blog as well on  Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson's blog @  rainbowthunderbird.blogspot.com 
at approximately same time period in 2008Mr. John Mcgregor Newman also concealed his true identity and he also tried to ridicule me and undermine my credibility. 

* More information about Mr. John McGregor Newman and his activities in connection with Norval Morrisseau authenticity issues will be presented on the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG soon.
 
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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:

"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 acquired from Randy Potter Estate Auctions and appraised by Mr. Joseph McLeod.

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"Water Spirts", 54" x 46", © 1979 Norval Morrisseau
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>>> Mr. Bryant Ross defaced genuine Norval Morrisseau painting "Water Spirits, 1979" on January 27, 2010 (click HERE). This painting was authenticated by Norval Morrisseau (click HERE for screen capture of the original web page as it appeared in May 2005 on Mr. Bryant Ross' website @ www.coghlanart.com). On this page you will also see the paintings (the first three artworks) which were fully painted and signed by Mr. Karl Burrows under Norval Morrisseau direction (click HERE).

~ Mr. Karl Burrows also assisted Norval Morrisseau in painting large number of artworks which were also sold and/or offered for sale by Kinsman Robinson Galleries (click HERE & HERE).  

Mr. Ritchie Sinclair gave strong compliment to the above presented genuine Norval Morrisseau painting titled "Water Spirits, 1979":

"And a beautiful Morrisseau it is - so embued with Vision!"
24 December, 2007 01:58

only to label it at a later date as an "Inferior Counterfeit Morrisseau" at www.morrisseau.com (click HERE or HERE).

This acrylic painting on canvas titled "Water Spirts, 1979" was acquired by Mr. Ross from Mr. Anthony Martinenko, an art dealer from Winnipeg, Manitoba and originally came from private collection of Mr. Rolf Schneiders, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

~ The first ever genuine Norval Morrisseau painting in my art collection was also acquired from Mr. Anthony Martinenko and it also came from Mr. Rolf Schneiders' private collection (click HERE). Also, other galleries to which Mr. Anthony Martinenko was supplying genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings were Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta and Northern Art Impressions Gallery, Lake Louise, Alberta; to name but a few.

The "Water Spirts, 1979" came from same source as the paintings from my private collection which were authenticated by Norval Morrisseau and forensically certified by Forensic Document Examiners and Handwriting Expert Dr. Atul K. Singla of Worldwide Forensic Services Inc. (click HERE). Also, click HERE to view how elements of Norval Morrisseau's visual vocabulary of this painting compare with other genuine artworks by this great Canadian painter.  

  
Interurban Gallery - One East Hastings, Vancouver -
This place will be remembered in history for a public destruction of genuine Norval Morrisseau painting on January 27, 2010
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Click HERE to view "You Tube" video of this most disturbing moment that I have ever experienced as a Norval Morrisseau collector and admirer of his art. This video (Part 5 of 6) was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA; AHA MEDIA labeled this genuine Norval Morrisseau artwork as a "Fake Norval Morrisseau painting." This action by Mr. Bryant Ross  was witnessed, in front of the audience, by Ms. Pat Bruderer,  Mr. Gabor (Gabe) Vadas and Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson who gave him full support and approval of his actions (see the image above).

To view six part series of this genuine Norval Morrisseau destruction, recorded on January 27th, 2010 by April Smith of AHA MEDIA click HERE (Part 1: Introduction), HERE (Part 2: Gabor Vadas), HERE (Part 3: Mark Anthony Jacobson), HERE (Part 4: Bryant Ross - Intro), HERE (Part 5: Bryant Ross - Destruction of genuine Norval Morrisseau painting) & HERE (Part 6: Mark Anthony Jacobson - "Sacred Healing Circle").

~ You may view Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson's opinions about two genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings "Water Spirit, 1979" and "Upper and Lower Worlds, 1978" which were authenticated by Norval Morrisseau in 2005 (click HERE).

Mr. Jacobson considers "Water Spirit, 1979" to be "an absolute piece of garbage" and goes on by saying that "this piece of shit painting deserves to be burned at stake." Also, for "Upper and Lower Worlds, 1978", in his opinion, he considers this painting "is fitting to be used as "ass wipe" and is suggesting to "use this roll of garbage at your discretion" as "you may not want to get "any on you"." Click HERE for the screen capture of this Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson's blog post dated December 1st, 2009 describing his opinion about genuine Norval Morrisseau artworks.

This screen capture also comes with defamatory comments which are all deleted together with all defamatory post attacking all of those who supports the findings of forensic document examiners who confirmed that the paintings in question are genuine works of Norval Morrisseau.

If you pay attention to the comment of December 2nd, 2009; 4:45 PM you will see that Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson approved the words to be posted where I was labeled as "an absolute criminal" and "blatant liar" who committed "cultural crimes', and that I am connected with "criminal empire" and "art fraud enterprise".

Mr. Jacobson was linking the readers of his blog to Dr. Jonathan Browne's www.morrisseaubyuersbeware.com, one of Mr. Ritchie Sinclair's websites and his "Norval Morrisseau Blog" (side bar) and to Kinsman Robinson Galleries website (bottom) - click HERE. 

As per his latest blog post of June 25th, 2013 Mr. Mark Anthony Jacobson is advocating the destruction of thousands of genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings (click HERE or HERE).  

~ Mr. Jacobson is actually only one of a handful individuals who have chosen to completely disregard forensic science particularly when it comes to authenticity of genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist in black paint using drybrush (DB) technique.


Pat Bruderer, Gabor Vadas, Bryant Ross and Mark Anthony Jacobson at Interurban Gallery, One East Hastings, Vancouver - January 27, 2010
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This act of cultural genocide by Mr. Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery was reported by Ms. Katie Mercer ("The Province" reporter) in "Portrait of a scandal" article which content was in full support by Kinsman Robinson Galleries posted on their twitter account at  http://twitter.com/KinsmanRobinson (click HERE to view a twit which surfaced on the day of Ms. Katie Mercer's print/online article or click HERE for this twit's screen capture).

~ I even offered to pay for forensics to be conducted on 'Water Spirits, 1979' for signature proof analysis. Furthermore I was willing to pay to Mr. Bryant Ross for the painting regardless of the outcome for him to recover his purchasing loss ten years ago with Mr. Anthony Martinenko. Also, If the forensics came back proof positive I was willing to pay him the $25,000.00 for what the painting was valued at before his defacing of this genuine Norval Morrisseau painting. Mr. Ross never responded to my offer. For more information click HERE.
 
This online article "Portrait of a scandal" has been deleted by "The Province" editors and as of August 2010 it is not available for viewing anymore (click HERE for a screen capture of this online article).

NOTE: It is important to note that Ms. Katie Mercer commenced an interview with me which lasted approx. 45 minutes and in spite of saying that she did not want take any sides in the debate regarding Norval Morrisseau's art authenticity issues she clearly took the side of Bryant Ross, Gabor M. Vadas and Mark Anthony Jacobson!?
 
* More information regarding my interview with Ms. Katie Mercer will be presented on these pages soon.
 
~ Click HERE for more...


 
>>> REFERENCE POSTS (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED):- Ugo Matulic wins $1,000,000 SLAPP suit against Kinsman Robinson Galleries (Part I), - Ugo Matulic wins $1,000,000 SLAPP suit against Kinsman Robinson Galleries (Part II), - Ugo Matulic wins $1,000,000 SLAPP suit against Kinsman Robinson Galleries (Part III), - Law Tips for Bloggers (Part III) /SLAPP Suits/, - Ugo Matulić's response to Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Donald C. Robinson & Paul C. H. Robinson, - Ugo Matulić's response to yet another "Notice of Libel" by Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Kinsman Robinson Galleries threatens SLAPP suit against Ugo Matulić for $ 1 Million (Part I), - Grant v. Torstar and the defence of responsible communication: implications for bloggers and users of other online media, - 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.
 
 
 

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