Sunday, January 25, 2015

>>> Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings currently available on eBay (Part III)

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


© 1979 Norval Morrisseau
~ This painting on deer hide is also signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique (click HERE for a detail and click HERE for canvas VERSO) /Click on image to Enlarge/
Source: 'eBay' Item number: 151565390824


>>> In a recent 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 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)

"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. (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 37)

"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)


>>> Reference posts (signatures):
Downloadable Norval Morrisseau Forensic Reports (Part III),
~ Mr. Brian Lindblom of 'The Document Examination Consultants Inc.' 
Downloadable Norval Morrisseau Forensic Reports (Part IV),
~ Dr. Atul K. Singla of 'Worldwide Forensic Services Inc.'
- Downloadable Norval Morrisseau Forensic Reports (Part V).
~ Mr. Kenneth J. Davies of 'Hawkeye Studios (Grapho-Lab® Services)'

>>> Related reference posts:
- Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings currently available on eBay (Part I), - Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings currently available on eBay (Part II), - Genuine 'Randy Potter Morrisseau painting' appraised by Mr. Galal Helmy for $100,000, - Another 'Randy Potter Morrisseau painting', similar to the one appraised by Mr. Helmy for $100,000,
- Norval Morrisseau 'eBay' Report 1.0,
Norval Morrisseau 'eBay' Report 1.1,
Norval Morrisseau 'eBay' Report 1.2,
Norval Morrisseau 'eBay' Report 1.3,
- Norval Morrisseau 'eBay' Report 1.4,
- Norval Morrisseau 'eBay' Report 1.5,
- Norval Morrisseau 'eBay' Report 1.6,
- Norval Morrisseau 'eBay' Report 1.7,  

- Norval Morrisseau 'eBay' Report 1.8,  
- Randy Potter's Morrisseau paintings available on eBay (Part I),
- Randy Potter's Morrisseau paintings available on eBay (Part II),
- Randy Potter's Morrisseau paintings available on eBay (Part III),
- Randy Potter's Morrisseau paintings available on eBay (Part IV)
- Randy Potter's Morrisseau paintings available on eBay (Part V)
- Randy Potter's Morrisseau paintings available on eBay (Part VI)
- Randy Potter's Morrisseau paintings available on eBay (Part VII) &
- Randy Potter's Morrisseau paintings available on eBay (Part VIII).

The Morrisseau Legacy missing links (Part VI)

Nicholas and James Kripotos
K Bros Maroosis Art Centre
232 Algonquin Ave, North Bay, ONTARIO 

"Weasel - Protector of Mother Earth's Soul," 14"x21", 
© Joshim Kakegamic Estate ~ Available @ KBros Maroosis Art Centre

Located in North Bay, Ontario, K Bros Maroosis Art Centre originally opened in 1963 as K Bros Paint and Wallpaper on Sherbroke Street near Main Street. It was named after its original owners, Nicholas and James Kripotos.

As the business evolved, artist materials and picture frames were added to the inventory and thus began the development of relationships with the art community.

By 1969 the commercial painting division was sold, the store moved to Lakeshore Drive and then to Algonquin Avenue. It opened that year at 242 Algonquin Ave as K Bros Art Shoppe & Gallery.

In the early 1970’s K Bros Art Gallery developed a number of relationships that defined the direction of the gallery. Housed in the same office building as K Bros Art was the Ontario Ministry of Education, Community Programs Section with Assistant Superintendent
Robert Lavack.

In March 1971, Robert Lavack was instrumental in bringing the Father of the Woodland School of Art, Norval Morrisseau and his brother-in-laws, Joshim and Goyce Kakegamic and Carl Ray to North Bay, introducing a new art form to K Bros. To this day First Nations Aboriginal art continues to be a central focus of the gallery.

Landscape artists Richard Karon, Steve Ostertag, Jack Zitman and Tom Cummings along with Toronto artists David Jean, Peter Fromme Douglas soon formed the nucleus of the gallery artists.

In June 1976 George Maroosis became the new owner having worked for Nicholas Kripotos (pseud. Nicholas Kane) since the early ’70s. He moved the art shop and the gallery to 232 Algonquin in 1979.

George continued to recruit new artists while maintaining old relationships. Jim Lindsay, Ernest Taylor, Arto Yuzbasiyan, Hugh Mckenzie, Alan Linklater, Tim Restoule, Robert Panaanam soon became feature artists.

Also of note were photographers Jack Sheppard and Mike deMoree and watercolourist Doug Guppy who frequented K Bros Art for framing materials and supplies.

1982 was a special year when Josh Kakegamic and his family moved to North Bay. Josh spent most of the year painting in the studio upstairs. George and Josh continued to be good friends until Josh’s death in 1994.

In time K Bros Maroosis Art Centre introduced Steve Snake’s Temagami landscapes, portraits and woodland style paintings, Frank Polson’s portraits and woodland style paintings as well as Helen Hall’s landscapes. Most recently Bradly ‘Dreamwalker’ Mcdonald, Alice Orley and Gary McMurray have joined the gallery.

In 2009 we reached 40 years at our present location on Algonquin Ave and in 2013 we celebrated 50 years since the original store opened.

In 2011, was established as the web address for K Bros Maroosis Art Centre. 

© COPYRIGHT 2013. KBros Maroosis Art Centre

Source: KBros Maroosis Art Centre Website @

>>> Reference Links:
- The Morrisseau Legacy missing links (Part I),
  /Ref.: John Zabloski/
- The Morrisseau Legacy missing links (Part II),
  /Ref.: Susan Ross/
- The Morrisseau Legacy missing links (Part III),
  /Ref.: Clifford & Eleanor Whetung/
- The Morrisseau Legacy missing links (Part IV) &
  /Ref.: Steve Potosky/

- The Morrisseau Legacy missing links (Part V)
  /Ref.: Ilona E. Nagy/

Friday, January 23, 2015

Collecting and Researching Norval Morrisseau Art

"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."

Norval Morrisseau

"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 15 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.


Hi to all,

I appreciate all of you visiting the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG. It is proving to be an exciting success as I have always anticipated it would be. The subject is dynamic and evolving to say the least. I wish to thank all the contributors for encouraging me to continue with this monumental project which is dedicated entirely to protecting the integrity of Norval Morrisseau's art and the preservation of his artistic legacy.

I am using this opportunity to express a special thank you to my very good friend, the late Michael Moniz who passed away on April 13th, 2013, for his relentless and unwavering dedication. Without his assistance this platform would not have been possible.

The main purpose of the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG is to share information with anyone interested in the Woodland/Anishnaabe School of Art that Norval Morrisseau and other early aboriginal artists started in the late 1950's. From this start that is linked to the cliff paintings seen along the canoe routes of antiquity, and others yet to be found in other sparsely settled areas of North and South America, Canada and the World has become aware of the artistic genius of Our aboriginal culture.

This artistic genius doesn't stop at visual art alone but extends to the written and performing arts that are also being recognized. I am proud to be in the vanguard of the enlightened and non-commercially oriented people that want to extend their knowledge base to any other interested groups or individuals.

NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG isn't a sales, buying or authentication platform but will exhibit any to aid in the education of the blog readers that are growing in number.

Allow me again to introduce myself to those who don't know me.

I was born in Split, Croatia. As a child I saw, and continue to see, the Indians of North America as members of an outstanding race. My favourite childhood memory was the time when 'Winnetou' movies were filmed in Croatia (then part of Yugoslavia). As a memento from that time were countless memories and a photograph with my brother and I in front of Indian totem pole in my hometown of Omiš, Croatia after the filming of one of the 'Winnetou' movies based on novels by the best-selling German author of all time - Karl May.

My arrival in North America (24 years ago) provided the greatest discovery - NORTH AMERICAN NATIVE SPIRITUALITY.

When I emigrated to Canada my aim was to become a true Canadian and contribute to the advancement of this outstanding country. I also wanted to advance the cause of the First Nations Citizens. The best way I could do this appeared through advancing the cause of native art. Researching the background of Norval Morrisseau and other native artists and their lives has shown the adversity these artists had to overcome to become recognized. Some wonderful people emerged through this research, as did the hardships the art goddess imposed on many of these talented artists.

The subject of my passion is Norval Morrisseau's art. He was one of the very few artists who started a completely new art movement: the Woodland/Anishnaabe School of Art, and has been dubbed the Father of Canadian Aboriginal Art. My extensive knowledge and research along with my personal collection which I have amassed over the years are what I draw my knowledge base from. I have been fortunate to acquire a collection which consists of pieces of genuine Norval Morrisseau art that span all of his career from 1952 to 2002.

It seems like almost every day I find a new and fantastical correlation within this man's work. It is never ending. The scope and depth of Morrisseau's visions throughout his lifetime have left an impact on my soul that I cannot describe in words. "Perhaps I should paint as Morrisseau did to express feelings otherwise would not be explicable within my vocabulary?" His Art Work is my passion...

... The artistic genius of Norval Morrisseau was best described by Jack Pollock (1930-1992) who wrote: "...Norval, with his incredible ability with the formal problems of art (colour-design-space) and his commitment to the world of his people, the great Ojibway, give one the sense of power that only genius provides... It is sufficient to say that in the history of Canadian Painting, few have, and will remain giants. Norval shall."

Thank you for your continuing support.


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...

... All the parties mentioned in posts presented on this platform are free to comment on this blog's findings under condition that they present their statements and opinions which are backed up with documentation to support these statements and these opinions.

ONLY statements and opinions which are supported with corresponding documentation will be published on this platform for public record and possible discussion.

Also, this invitation extends not just to the individuals and organizations mentioned on this platform but to all Norval Morrisseau's admirers, researchers, investigators, news reporters and art collectors as long as they verifiably disclose their identity...

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

Thank you/Miigwetch,

Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker

> 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).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Power of Love

 "Spiritual Self Looks Beyond," 48"x36", © Norval Morrisseau 
~ "The Hellen E. Band Collection"; Thunder Bay Art Gallery
/Click on image to Enlarge/-

"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."


* 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./

Monday, January 19, 2015

NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


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


Friday, January 16, 2015

Robert Amos about Norval Morrisseau

"Norval Wife & Norval Man", © Mary Kerr
/The costumes designed for the National Arts Centre presentation of "Copper Thunderbird"/


"Morrisseau painted the stories of his people with simple colours, laid down just as they came from the tube. But in an extraordinary way - more than Inuit or West Coast native prints - his images radiate energy. Victoria’s own Mary Kerr designed a stage show (musical? drama? multimedia?) about his life for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the National Gallery there put on the huge retrospective for Morrisseau while he was still alive."

Robert Amos - born in Belleville, Ont., in 1950. Since graduating from York University in Toronto, Amos has pursued a career in the arts. He was assistant to the director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1975-1980) and is art writer for the Times Colonist, which has published his weekly column since 1986. He is a full-time professional artist.

Source (text): Robert Amos: "Art seeks roots of a higher power"

>>> Reference posts:
- "Copper Thunderbird", - Marie Clements about Norval Morrisseau
- 'Western Edge Theatre' in Nanaimo, BC Presents:
, - "Copper Thunderbird: Invention, Inspiration and Transformation" at UVic's Legacy Gallery opens TODAY! & - The exhibition that ended institutionalized discrimination against First Nations art at the National Gallery of Canada.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TODAY'S HAPPENING: Open House of the French-language high school "Norval - Morrisseau"...

École secondaire Norval-Morrisseau
/Richmond Hill, Ontario CANADA/

© 2008 by Vanessa Liston -

"Spiritually charged presentation of Norval Morrisseau's life, his role in the preservation of the legacy of his people & his importance for Canada and the World."

Ugo Matulić, Collector & Researcher

>>> Reference posts:
- French-language high school in Richmond Hill named after Norval Morrisseau & - Open House of the French-language high school "Norval - Morrisseau"...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TOMORROW'S HAPPENING: Open House of the French-language high school "Norval - Morrisseau"

École secondaire Norval-Morrisseau

Choisir le Conseil scolaire Viamonde, où le succès s’exprime en français
Toronto, le 13 janvier 2015 - Choisir une école est le résultat d’une décision longuement mûrie. L’école doit refléter les valeurs des parents, tutrices et tuteurs et offrir un milieu de vie stimulant et sécuritaire pour les jeunes. Le Conseil scolaire Viamonde offre tout cela… en français!

D'abord, les écoles Viamonde sont de taille humaine. Les membres du personnel d’une école connaissent tous les élèves. Ceux-ci sont accompagnés en tout temps et ils se sentent responsables les uns envers les autres. Puis, notre enseignement laïc reflète les valeurs humanistes de tolérance et d’ouverture. Chaque jour, nos enseignants encouragent les élèves à développer leur jugement et leur personnalité.

De plus, l’enseignement Viamonde est adapté à l’élève. Notre priorité, c’est d’encadrer chaque élève et de faire éclore sa capacité d’apprendre et son plein potentiel. Nous formons des élèves responsables avec des capacités linguistiques supérieures et des possibilités de carrières mieux rémunérées. Nos diplômes sont reconnus par les universités et les collèges partout au Canada et à l’étranger.

Au cours des prochaines semaines, plusieurs écoles du Conseil scolaire Viamonde tiendront des Portes ouvertes auxquelles toute la population environnante est invitée. Consultez la liste ci-après pour voir les dates et les heures des activités.

Le Conseil scolaire Viamonde s’étend d’ouest en est de Windsor à Trenton et du nord au sud de Penetanguishene à la région de Niagara. Il accueille environ 10 600 élèves dans ses 47 écoles élémentaires et secondaires où le succès s’exprime en français. Jetez un coup d’œil à notre page Facebook ou encore au compte Twitter @CSViamonde pour suivre toutes les nouvelles du Conseil et des écoles.
Sorinna Chim
Agente de communications
Conseil scolaire Viamonde                
416 432-1338 ; 416 432-1338

French school has chosen new name for artist

Originally published on November 22nd, 2012

Students, parents and staff have chosen a new name for the French-language high school in Richmond Hill.
The school board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, has voted unanimously in favour of École secondaire Norval-Morrisseau, honouring one of Canada’s greatest Aboriginal artists.

Known as the “Picasso of the North”,
Norval Morrisseau was born in 1932 on the Sand Point Ojibwa Reserve near Thunder Bay. Morisseau’s Ojibwa name means Copper Thunderbird. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1978 to honour his creative body of work.

Mr. Morrisseau, who passed away in 2007, created works depicting the legends of his people, the cultural and political tensions that existed between European and Aboriginal traditions, and his deep spirituality.

In choosing this name, the school is also honouring Mr. Morrisseau as the originator of the Woodlands School of Art, a style adopted by many Aboriginal artists in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jonathan Bouchard, in the board’s communications department, said currently 60 students in grades 7 to 10 are bused to the renovated Wright Street school from across York Region.

He said in the next few years there will be more students and grades 11 and 12 will be added.

Mr. Bouchard said permission for a street sign, bearing the new name of the school, has been requested of the Town of Richmond Hill, and once a permit is given and signs are made, they will be erected at the school.

Conseil scolaire Viamonde extends across southern and central Ontario, providing services to close to 9,450 students in 44 French-language schools.

Marney Beck

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