Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Remembering Rolf Karl Schnieders (1928-2015)

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"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)


Rolf K. Schnieders (1928-2015)
























"Mr. Rolf Schnieders, age 87 years, passed away peacefully in the T.B.R.H.S.C. on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Rolf was born in Uelzen, Germany on April 29, 1928, the son of Heinrich and Kathe Schnieders. Rolf came to Northwestern Ontario (Hurkett), in 1951 on a two year contract with Great Lakes Forest Products.

He hoped by coming to Canada that he would earn enough money to further his education in Germany as well as help support his widowed mother and young brother in Uelzen. He bought out his contract within six months and made the decision that Canada would now be his new home. Rolf had a wonderful entrepreneurial spirit and he was involved with many different business ventures during his lifetime. 

Included in his various businesses were ACE Motor Electric which he started and which specialized in motor rewinding and Midwest Manufacturing. Rolf was a very hardworking man who admired others who did the same. He had many interests and especially loved fishing, dogs, gardening, and collecting just about everything and anything. 

Family and friends were very special to Rolf." 

A memorial service was held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street, with Rev. Hubert Den Draak presiding. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Bernie Schnieders Memorial Award c/o Lakehead University or the charity of your choice would be most appreciated. 

On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.


Source: http://www.sargentandson.com/


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Ms. Carmen Robertson* noted that Mr. Schnieders was "well-known conduit for Morrisseau's paintings in the Thunder Bay region" and was "actively handling works by the artist since 1960s. He operated small store on May St., in Thunder Bay ON called 'Yesterday's Treasures' for a number of years and this was one way he sold works by Morrisseau." (click HERE **; see Page 14)

* - Full Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario; Formerly an associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan; E-mail: carmen.robertson@carleton.ca... also a  Member of the defunct Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS)


** - Professor C. Robertson “expert report” on Hearn’s “Spirit Energy of Mother Earth”
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Kevin Hearn Vs. Joseph B. McLeod and Maslak McLeod Gallery Inc.
/Court File No. CV-12-455650/

"SPIRIT ENERGY OF MOTHER EARTH HAS NOT BEEN PROVED TO BE A FORGED OR FAKE MORRISEAU. FROM THE LAW'S POINT OF VIEW, IT IS THEREFORE A REAL NORVAL MORRISSEAU PAINTING."-

~ Justice Edward M. Morgan, May 24, 2018


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>>> ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

At the same time when I originally introduced Mr. Rolf Schnieders on this platform I introduced individual that was selling paintings that originated from Mr. Schnieders' collection - Mr. Anthony (Tony) Martinenko; art dealer from Winnipeg, Manitoba; who is an important element in describing many of the issues involving Norval Morrisseau's art that have been offered for sale all across Canada in the past two decades.

He took over art dealing activities from Alan (Al) R. Swanson (August 10, 1947- November 05, 1998) who dealt with paintings from Mr. Rolf Schnieders' collection. Another individual introduced who sold many paintings that originated from the same source was Darcy Boylan (1964-2003), also deceased, from Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Thunder Bay Art Gallery which holds art pieces from the Helen E. Band Collection had received in 2002 a donation of an oil painting on natural birch bark 'After Spirit of the Fourth' (Catalogue No.: 02.3.1); 24.8 cm x 26.2 cm (1958 ):





















'After Spirit of the Fourth' (birch bark), 24.8 cm x 26.2 cm; © 1958 Norval Morrisseau (Thunder Bay Gallery Catalogue No.: 02.3.1)
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'After Spirit of the Fourth' (birch bark), 24.8 cm x 26.2 cm; © 1958 Norval Morrisseau; signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique (Thunder Bay Gallery Catalogue No.: 02.3.1) ~ VERSO
/Click on Image to Enlage/


This painting was donated in October 2002 by William H. Wallace and "an associate [2]" which came directly from Mr. Rolf Schnieders' Private Collection. Both Mr. Wallace and Mr. Schnieders are from Thunder Bay, Ontario.

[2] - Mr. Rolf Schnieders (1928-2015)


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> Mr. Anthony Martinenko was also seen selling Norval Morrisseau's paintings on 'eBay' that he acquired directly from Mr. Schnieders (click HERE).

> Mr. Rolf Schnieders acquired paintings for his collection from different sources one of which was Mr. David Voss who also supplied paintings for the Kahn Auction ('Randy Potter Estate Auctions') namely to Mr. Randy Potter (co-owner/auctioneer).-

> Mr. Schnieders' collection was one of the major sources of Norval Morrisseau's paintings that were supplied to different galleries all across Canada by Mr. Anthony Martinenko who supplied paintings even to Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery, Aldergrove, BC for many years (click HERE, HERE & HERE).


> Among other galleries Mr. Anthony Martinenko was supplying Norval Morrisseau's paintings to Maslak McCleod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta and Nick Lebessis' Sedna Art Gallery in Banff, Alberta and Northern Art Impressions in Lake Louise (Samson Mall), Alberta.


> Also, my first Norval Morrisseau's painting was purchased in Winter 1999-2000 from Mr. Anthony Martinenko who acquired it from Mr. Rolf Schnieders' private collection (click HERE)!


Miigwetch,

Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker






Friday, January 11, 2019

Eight Anniversary of the Court Case Decision in Otavnik Vs Sinclair SC 09-00082782-0000

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~ Formerly S8871/08 (Otavnik Vs Sinclair and Kinsman Robinson Galleries)
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ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE
SMALL CLAIMS COURT
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COURT DECISION rendered Jan. 11, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario
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"Jesuit Priest Bringing Word," © 1974 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, NINE MONTHS AFTER THIS COURT CASE DECISION (This report was prepared for Ugo Matulic of Calgary, Alberta, who is the current owner of this genuine Norval Morrisseau painting.) /Click on image to Enlarge/-
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FOR STATEMENT OF CLAIM CLICK HERE & FOR ANALYSIS OF THIS COURT CASE CLICK HERE.




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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 also acquired from Randy Potter Estate Auctions and appraised by Mr. Joseph McLeod (1928-2017).

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

IN MEMORIAM: Clemence Wescoupe (1951-2018)




















Ozaa~Bines
“Brown Thunderbird”

Clemence Wescoupe entered the spirit world Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at Portage la Prairie General Hospital, at 67 years of age.

Clemence is of Saulteaux background and was born in 1951 on Long Plain First Nation. His native name is “Ozaa-Bines” which means “Brown Thunderbird”. Clemence was very passionate about his partner, his family and his art. For Clemence the world revolved around Patsy, very rarely were they apart. They shared a beautiful home. Together they enjoyed gardening, travelling, spending time with their grandchildren, watching hockey and snaring rabbits. Clemence enjoyed trips to BC with his family to visit his very close friend and art agent Nick Lebessis. Clemence and Nick were brought together through their passion for art and remained close until Nick’s passing in 2014. Clemence also enjoyed visits from his special friend Andy Hofer and daily phone calls from his special friend Ralph Whitford (Shegak). He looked forward to his visits with fellow dialysis patients, Marilia Spence and Stanley James.

Clemence was an artist, he loved to paint. In 1976 Clemence started his own graceful, flowing lines and stylized forms. The elegant image, Rainbirds, which came out in 1977 was one of the most popular and successful Woodland Aboriginal prints ever created. Clemence as a founding member of the Woodland School of Art, along with friends and fellow artists Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig, Carl Ray and Jackson Beardy, leaves an impactful artistic legacy that is celebrated globally.

"Spiritual Journey",
© Clemence Wescoupe
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Clemence and his Art Agent, the late Nick Lebessis (1953-2014), travelled together in Europe and the United States to promote Clemence’s art works. His works were sold to visitors from around the world in Nick Lebessis’ family run gallery Northern Art Impressions, in Lake Louise, Alberta. He and Nick took each other spiritually as brothers. Their families grew together as one family. Clemence subsequently had two one-artist shows with the Wah-sa Gallery and was part of many group shows with that gallery, including the June 2003 “Freshwater” show. He has also had one-artist shows at the Nicholas Gallery in Ottawa, Gallery Phillip in Toronto, Craft Guild in Montreal, Eagledown Gallery in Edmonton, an “Environmental” show in Los Angeles and solo exhibitions in Frankfurt and the University of Heidelberg. His last show being at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), which showcased over 30 of his art works.

Clemence will be lovingly remembered by his partner of 40 years Patsy, their children Jasmine (Joe), Blair and Robbie (grandson he raised), his step-children Mathew, Suzette (Dan), Bridgette (Walter), Angie (Blaine), Rachel, and Paul grandchildren he raised Gia, Zoey, Tai and Toni (Stephen). Foster children Jason, Hapa, Alyssa, Paula and Jacqueline. Also many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Clemence is predeceased by his mother Alphonzine, father John and siblings Frank, Dennis, Clifford and Rupert.

Clemence’s family would like to give an honourable mention to honorary niece and nephews Sophia and George Lebessis and their late brother John Lebessis.

The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the renal unit, and all the staff at the Portage General Hospital for the wonderful treatment and care they showed our Dad throughout the years.

Traditional Wake took place at Long Plain Spirit Lodge on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm. 


Traditional Feast and Service was held at Long Plain Spirit Lodge on Monday, December 31, 2018 beginning at noon followed by burial at Long Plain Cemetery.

A tree was planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 
 
204-857-4021 www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com
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Source: McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel




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Friday, January 4, 2019

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



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

"SPIRIT ENERGY OF MOTHER EARTH HAS NOT BEEN PROVED TO BE A FORGED OR FAKE MORRISEAU. FROM THE LAW'S POINT OF VIEW, IT IS THEREFORE A REAL NORVAL MORRISSEAU PAINTING."-

~ Justice Edward M. Morgan, May 24, 2018










"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.

Click HERE for the List of DOWNLOADABLE Forensic reports...


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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 also acquired from Randy Potter Estate Auctions and appraised by Mr. Joseph McLeod (1928-2017).

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

"POWER LINES" - Norval Morrisseau Exhibition and Symposium

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When: October 19th, 2018 - January 25th, 2019 (Exhibition)
             January 19th - 20th, 2019; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (Symposium)

Where: WANUSKEWIN GALLERIES, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
               ~Wanuskewin Heritage Park


Photo Credit: J.R Stevens, Design Joi Arcand


























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Norval Morrisseau (1931–2007) is arguably the most influential Indigenous artist in Canada, a member of the Indian Group of Seven and the grandfather of the Woodland Art School, he influenced generations of Indigenous artists. In 2006 the National Gallery of Canada held a survey exhibition of Norval Morrisseau’s work, it was the first retrospective held for a contemporary Indigenous artist.

Power Lines: The Work of Norval Morrisseau features his work from varying stages of his career, centred on the iconography of Anishinaabe story-telling, of family and how we all connect to lines of power.

Opening Reception was on October 20th, 7-10 pm.
Performance of new work by the Indigenous Poets Society; reciting a response to the work of Norval Morrisseau.

Exhibition runs from October 20, 2018 to January 25, 2019.


SHAMAN AND TURTLE, 72"x48",  © 1980s Norval Morrisseau;
PROVENANCE: Originally acquired by Ilona E. Nagy directly from the artist;
SOLD at SOTHEBY'S on November 28th, 2011 for $71,500 (click HERE)
CURRENTLY part of WESTERKIRK WORKS OF ART Collection
































Wanuskewin Galleries thanked and extended its gratitude to Westerkirk Works of Art for the loan of the Norval Morrisseau work and for supporting this exhibition every step of the way. It is through their generosity that they were able to share the work of Morrisseau in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


One of the Symposium
Panelists, Former curator of
the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
(2010-2018); Presently the curator
of the University of Alberta art collection
Organizers are also very grateful for the support of Canada Council for the Arts Creating, Knowing and Sharing Fund which also made this exhibition possible.

Power Lines: A Symposium on the Impact of the Woodland School of Art and the Work of Norval Morrisseau will be held at Wanuskewin Heritage Park on January 19-20, 2019; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

This event is to thoughtfully investigate the impact of the Woodland School and the work of Norval Morrisseau. Leading artists, academics and art historians are coming together for one weekend to discuss, critique, relay their expertise, stories and knowledge(s) about the importance of Morrisseau and his impact on Indigenous artists historically and presently. /For more information click HERE/

Source: Wanuskewin Heritage Park @ https://wanuskewin.com/

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