~ Revised on November 11th, 2010 / June 29th, 2013
Post originally published more than 5.5 years ago on December 2nd, 2007-
"Norval Morrisseau Collage" - compiled by Spirit Walker
Dear Committee members of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society,
My name is Spirit Walker ( my personal name can be available by contacting me at email@example.com ). I am the BLOG Master of the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG that addresses different issues of the Art of Norval Morrisseau. I have recently confronted Mr. Bryant Ross, who is the gallery director of Coghlan Art Studio/Gallery, by asking him indirectly how could he make such statements that all the paintings for sale on eBay are fakes? He has replied to me with quoted comment below:
"Hi, my name is Bryant Ross and I am the director of Coghlan Art Studio and Gallery. I am the individual you refer to. My warning on E-bay is not meant to scare anyone. It is meant to inform the public about the status of the Morrisseau paintings on E-bay. I am doing this at the request of the artist himself. Out of all the paintings that I have displayed on my web site you had no trouble picking out the 2 fakes. I bought these 2 paintings from a dealer from Winnipeg. When Morrisseau told me that they were not his I realized that I had been ripped off and I took them off the market. I have since donated them at my own expense to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society to use as example of the fake paintings. It has never been stated that all the galleries in Canada have fake paintings. But there are many fakes in the marketplace. You seem to think that the motivation in this is money. The fact is that Norval Morrisseau does not want his legacy to include these fake paintings."
I have a special request for your organization that many of the readers of this BLOG would like to read about. Can you please verify that you have received these two paintings from Mr. Ross as he stated in his correspondence directed to me. These two paintings that he considers fake are at the top left corner and at the bottom right corner of my posting titled "Norval Morrisseau Collage" compiled by myself (click on image above to enlage it for closer examination). I presented these two paintings in question for the public to see how they compare with other paintings that are in my opinion original works of Norval Morrisseau.
Note: Committee members of NMHS as of December 2nd, 2007 were as follows: -
* Viviane Gray - Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Dept. of Indian Affairs & Northern Development;
* Lee Ann Martin - Curator of Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Art, Museum of Civilization (NOT A MEMBER ANYMORE);
* Elizabeth McLuhan - Dept. of History, University of Winnipeg;
* Dr. Ruth Philips - Professor of Art History;
* Greg Hill - Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada;
* Richard H. Baker - Barrister and Solicitor.
~ For a list of the current NMHS committee members click HERE.
> To learn more about the story which preceded the the 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society' click HERE.
The paintings in this posting are authentic works of © Norval Morrisseau/
BLOG MASTER'S COMMENTS:
Actually, the answer on the above question is known and their reply is not really necessary. Mr. Bryant Ross, director of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery, DIDN'T TELL THE TRUTH when stated that "he donated these two paintings at his own expense to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society to use them as example of the fake paintings". As per his own admission on April 13th, 2008 he contradicted himself by exposing his deceitful nature:
"... I am some what confused. Is Spirit Walker saying these paintings are real or not. If he thinks they are real, then what does it matter what I have done with them. If he thinks they are not real then why does he think so many in this style are real.-These two paintings. Titled “Water Spirits” and “Upper and Lower Worlds” are FAKE. I can call them what they are because I own them. These paintings were put up for auction around the time that I became aware of their status. “Water Spirits” was pulled from the auction because of this and “Upper and lower Worlds” was returned by the buyer for a full refund. I then gave them to Morrisseau and Vadas to be forwarded to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society. The society did not have storage space for them so Morrisseau kept them. After he passed on they were returned to me. I still have them and will be using them in a forensic analysis of Morrisseau’s work. My hope is that forensic study can shed some light on what is happening here. This process will take considerable time to complete so do not except any instant information. I will make these findings public when I have them. This is at my own expense and is being done by an un-biased third party..."
/Click HERE to view comment of Mr. Bryant Ross in its entirety or click HERE for its screen capture but I strongly advise to read the post Morrisseau History Detective Stories (Part I) with all of its pertaining comments./
> Click HERE for detailed analysis of this genuine Norval Morrisseau painting's destruction by Mr. Bryant Ross.
If they truly care in "protecting the integrity of Norval Morrisseau's art" they would need to speak up. Their inactions "continue to hurt the legacy" of the man they are supposed to protect.
Actually they have already "lost all credibility" in the eyes of those whose "art collections and livelihoods" are being "devalued and destroyed."
Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker
>>> Reference posts:
- The story which preceded the 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society'... & - Blasphemy (Part II).