Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Separate Reality: Norval Morrisseau

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"The spirit comes through you. It is very creative force, you see. You could be a singer, you could be a writer, you could be an artist, you could be anything if you allow that spirit to flow." ~ Norval Morrisseau



© Perception Films
 ~  Director/producer: Paul Carvalho


This is the story of one of the most celebrated, most original and most notorious artist in Canadian history. Norval Morrisseau, an aboriginal from the Ojibwa tribe, taught himself to draw and paint in the 1950’s so as to give visual expression to his grandfather’s shamanistic dreams. His works received instant national acclaim when first exhibited in Toronto in 1962. But what unfolded was a tragic and sometimes bizarre personal life that mixed intentional homelessness, public alcoholism and even an entanglement with the Mafia. Yet Morrisseau still managed to become the country’s most collected painter, with some 800 canvasses held by public galleries and to invent a painting style, subsequently called the Woodland school that has become an important form of expression for many native artists in North America.

This is the first-ever one-hour documentary about the life of Norval Morrisseau. It has privileged access to Morrisseau’ s adoptive son, Gabor Vadas, to his biological son David Morrisseau and to the artist himself in the final days of his life. The film mixes 1960’s black-and-white footage with romantic, vibrantly-colored recreations and gritty experimental camera work on the streets of Vancouver to create a startlingly intimate portrait of a consummate rebel and an artistic giant who single-handedly attempted to preserve the powerful symbolism of a North American culture Morrisseau calls, with unwavering pride, “The Great Ojibwa.”

The filmmaker discovers that what lies at the root of Morrisseau’s self-destruction is his sexual abuse by priests at a Catholic boarding school in the early 1940’s. Countless other native children suffered similar abuse in other Canadian boarding schools. Morrisseau’s story conveys the extent of the psychological and spiritual damage inflicted by the dominant culture, but he also symbolizes one man’s triumph through the power of visionary art.

Andrei Khabad, Videographer & Photographer

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NOTE: This film was screened at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in January 2005, before it aired on CBC-TV's 'Life and Times' on February 24th, 2005.

Monday, August 6, 2018

IN MEMORIAM: William Harold Wallace, Bill (1936-2018)

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"BILL, THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING ME WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE THE GREAT AMOUNT OF QUALITY GENUINE NORVAL MORRISSEAU PAINTINGS, MAINLY FROM COLLECTION OF THE LATE MR. ROLF SCHNIEDERS. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME SUPPORT IN CONTINUOUS FIGHT FOR NORVAL MORRISSEAU’S TRUE RECOGNITION AS A GREAT CANADIAN PAINTER…
AND, MOST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND!”-

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Ugo Matulic, August 6, 2018

April 20, 1936 - April 26, 2018

























The family of William Harold (Bill) who passed away at age 82 years has been deeply touched by the support and many acts of kindness of friends, neighbours and colleagues during this difficult time. A private family service for both Bill and his mother (deceased March 13, 2018) was officiated by family friend and lay-minister, Robert McCall of Chatham, Ontario on May 6, 2018.

Left to mourn are his wife Gail and children Derek and Lorianne, his sister-in-law, Isobel of Louisiana, nephews Joey (Cindy) Hood and Jeffrey (Holly) Hood of Louisiana and niece Jennifer (Jeff) Dozier of Texas and families. Bill is also survived by cousins Bonnie (Doug) Gorham, Judy (Gerry) Jaeger and Ron (Judith) Wallace of Ontario and families. He was predeceased by his parents, Uncle Corrie (June), Aunt Ada (George) and other family members in England and the United States.

Bill was reared by parents, Howard and Margaret in the small town of Schumacher, near Timmins. While attending North Bay Teachers' College in 1956-57 he met the love of his life, Gail (Wearmouth) and they were married in June 1959. Family followed with residences on Shuniah Street and then Chercover Drive.

Bill began his career in education as a teacher/principal in a rural school in South Gillies. Setting goals for himself he pursued degrees through Lakehead University, University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto. Administrative positions in city public schools included Prospect, Queen Elizabeth, Shuniah, Vance Chapman and Heath Park with retirement from C.D. Howe in 1992. Throughout his working years Bill loved the camaraderie with children, their parents, school staffs and fellow administrators.

The family camp built in 1972 became a favoured place for entertaining, sunning, boating, and nights around the campfire. Over the years the building evolved so that camp could be enjoyed in all seasons. Weekly visits by father and son continued during the winter and the dracaenas thrived with TLC.

Much enjoyment for Bill came from curling begun in his youth. Locally he participated in a number of leagues, generally as skip and he was instrumental in organizing the Saturday morning Teachers' Curling. He favoured the music of the 50's and was keen to follow his teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Argonauts.

In his retirement Bill took pride in enhancing family properties - building decks and planting trees and gardens. Every spring his love of flowers led to a flurry of visits to nurseries to find just the right combination for planters to give to friends and family and to decorate decks both at home (his castle) and at camp (his special place).

Bill's keen interest in history led him to become a passionate collector with numerous and varied interests. He enjoyed yard sales taking home his treasurers and meeting his “buddies” to discuss purchases and trades over coffee. Bill was truly a “peoples” person with priorities around family and friends. He loved to share his treasurers and was always searching for that perfect gift as a surprise to others. Many will miss his sense of humour, his generosity, and his great smile.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bukovy and his team at the Spence Clinic for their great care of Bill over the years. A remembrance (coffee and conversation) was held at the Airlane, Tiberio Room on Monday, June 25th, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. Should friends so desire, donations in Bill's memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of one's choice.


Published in The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on June 18, 2018


Source: The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal




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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." 

In 2002 Norval Morrisseau signed certificates of authenticity for number of genuine paintings acquired from Mr. Schnieder's collection. They were eyewitnessed during their presentation to Norval Morrisseau by the late Mr. William H. Wallace (1936-2018) of Thunder Bay, Ontario and artist's sons Christian and Eugene Morrisseau, who were also from Thunder Bay, Ontario. These paintings were later attested for authenticity by Norval Morrisseau's son David Morrisseau. Who inscribed a statement of authenticity of his own onto the reverse side of each of these artworks. 

The same paintings contain signatures painted with a dry brush (DB) technique on the reverse of each of the above presented canvas paintings and have been positively identified to have been authored by Canadian Anishinaabe/Woodland artist Norval Morrisseau. These discoveries were conducted and documented by Dr. Atul K. Singla of 'Worldwide Forensic Services Inc.' - Full Time Forensic Document Examiner and Fingerprints Expert; This report is dated December 21st, 2011. Click HERE for more information.


> For Dr. Singla's professional memberships click HERE.

* - An associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan & Member of the defunct Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS)
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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) of 'Northern Intruders Gallery' in Winnipeg, Manitoba and 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
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This painting was donated in October 2002 by the late  Mr. William H. Wallace and "an associate [2]" which came directly from Mr. Rolf Schnieders' Private Collection. Both Mr. Wallace and Mr. Schnieders were from Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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


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"Untitled", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau,
First painting ever acquired by Ugo Matulic 
> 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, HEREHERE & 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 (see image above or click HERE for more information)!


Miigwetch,



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Friday, August 3, 2018

Protecting the Norval Morrisseau Legacy by the Norval Morrisseau biological Family /Revised/

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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



















> Exhibition "RETURNING TO THE PEACEFULL SKY, NORVAL MORRISSEAU", held from October 31st to November 9th, 2015 in China and Malaysia was organized by LIFE Culture Group www.life-culture.org which is an Open Multicultural Platform. They Celebrate Cross-Cultural Experiences & Perspectives in Various Exhibitions & LIVE Shows and they are in partnership with the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.








Principal of the LIFE Culture Group Mr. Fenke Feng in front of genuine Norval Morrisseau painting "Dust of Life Forever, 1974", acrylic on canvas, Size: approx. 48"x132". This painting was signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique. 


Source (image & text): www.life-culture.org


PROVENANCE OF GENUINE NORVAL MORRISSEAU ARTWORKS FOR THIS EXHIBITION: David Voss and Rolf Schnieders (1928-2015), both from Thunder Bay, Ontario.


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Ms. Carmen Robertson* noted that Mr. Rolf 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." 




In 2002 Norval Morrisseau signed certificates of authenticity for number of genuine paintings acquired from Mr. Schnieder's collection. They were eyewitnessed during their presentation to Norval Morrisseau by the late Mr. William H. Wallace (1936-2018) of Thunder Bay, Ontario and artist's sons Christian and Eugene Morrisseau, who were also from Thunder Bay, Ontario. These paintings were later attested for authenticity by Norval Morrisseau's son David Morrisseau. Who inscribed a statement of authenticity of his own onto the reverse side of each of these artworks. Click HERE for more information.

* - An associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan & Member of the defunct Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS)-

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Other painters of the Woodland School of Art which were represented in this exhibition included Blake Debassige, Benjamin Chee Chee and Leland Bell. 




Eugene Morrisseau in front of genuine Morrisseau 




















"My trip to "THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, 2015 to Shanghai, Guangzhou, China then on to, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. To represent my late father, and family of my brothers and sisters. To introduce my late father Norval Morrisseau. Also known as " Picasso of the North " to the Asian market. His legacy, his art, his colors, his stories, his storytelling on canvas, it was an honor for me, to represent our people, First Nations people of Canada..."

Eugene Morrisseau


Eugene Morrisseau in front of
genuine Norval Morrisseau painting
"Dust of Life Forever, 1974" 





















"This picture was taken in Guangzhou China, the night before the exhibition. Getting last minute things ready, I'm just looking at all my dads artwork, paintings, that's hanging on the wall here... very nice paintings. This is the vest that I asked the Sandy Lake chief and council to make for me, for this special occasion to come to the other side of the world to represent my father Norval Morrisseau, my family, my brothers and sisters and of course, the First Nations people in Canada. It is a great honor being here to represent my father and where is this Sand Lake First Nations vest and my dad's tie called 'Man turning into a Thunderbird'... it just matches my vest. In closing I'd like to say hi to everybody... to all my Facebook friends and all my cousins and family wherever you may be... and to my kids back home. 

Kikjieh meegwetch"

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From left to right: Christian (Chimo), Norval & Eugene Morrisseau
at Concourse Aboriginal Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA - April 2002
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Norval Morrisseau with his son Eugene at Victoriaville Mall, Thunder BayOntario, CANADA 2002
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Norval Morrisseau with Family at Keewaywin Community Hall
Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario, CANADA 2002
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BLOG MASTER'S COMMENT:

I am a strong believer that Norval Morrisseau's Legacy belongs to his people "the Great Ojibway" and to family that bears his name - Morrisseau Family.

"May the truth be told and known to all"-

Miigwetch

Ugo Matulić






* The photograph of Norval Morrisseau with his sons taken at Concourse Aboriginal Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba was submitted to the Blog Master on May 1st, 2002 by an art dealer Anthony Martinenko, Winnipeg Manitoba