Art of Christian Morrisseau
Christian was born (December 11, 1969) and raised in Red Lake, Ontario. He currently resides in Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario. He is the son of the renowned Woodland Artist Norval Morrisseau and Harriet Morrisseau (née Kakegamic).
Christian is the youngest of seven children and is the second to follow in his fathers footsteps. Other family members by true blood line are in order: Victoria Kakegamic, David Morrisseau, Peter Morrisseau, Eugene Morrisseau, Michael Morrisseau and Lisa Meekis. Norval Morrisseau has 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren by true blood line.
Christian follows in his father's artistic footsteps and is an accomplished artist in his own right. His love of this style of art was traditionally passed down to him by his father Norval Morrisseau, who in turn, learned from his grandfather, Moses (Potan) Nanakonagos. Potan was a well known and respected traditional Shaman. Christian spent four months learning and listening to his father's teachings and began painting in May 2002. He wanted to celebrate his gift and keep the Morriseau's family traditions and stories alive. Christian paints in the Woodland style, which was developed by his father, Norval, upon receiving a vision instructing him to do so.
Today there are well over 470 followers, including Christian, that paint in the Woodland style. Christian paints animal images, landscapes, his father and his children, his tradition and his legends. Christian is developing his artistic gifts with intensity,discipline, and passion.
He is productive and his works sell well in many markets. Christian sold his first painting to the Department of the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. It was purchased by Minister Robert Nault as a gift for the signing of the historical treaty between the Inuit and the Government of Canada on October of 2002. In September 2003, a short documentary of Christian’s work was made in Keewaywin First Nation, produced by George Farris and presented in the 2005 Indigenous World Conference in Argentina. Christian had his first exhibition in Toronto Ontario, at Gallery Sunami in 2003.
His first exhibition in Ottawa is in May 2007 at Calligrammes gallery.