Thursday, January 6, 2011

Patrons of Norval Morrisseau (Part I)

Galal Helmy

Galal Helmy in front of Norval Morrisseau's painting displayed at his Maligne Canyon Restaurant in Jasper, Alberta CANADA
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An art dealer, owner of the Maligne Canyon Restaurant & Gift Shop in Jasper, Alberta and EA Studios which is an on-line store and gallery. The gift shop's location allows for a spectacular collection of original Native Indian and Inuit art. Well-known artists include Norval Morrisseau, Eddy Cobiness, Jackson Beardy and the Hunt family of the Kwakiutl Nation.

It is important to note that Norval Morrisseau lived in Jasper from 1985 until early 1987. Mr. Galal Helmy says Morrisseau returned there in June 1987, and stayed until December 1987 when he returned back to Vancouver.

Mr. Galal Helmy purchased hundreds of paintings directly from Norval Morrisseau which he produced while stayed at his premises. In that time Norval Morrisseau calculated the value of his art at $3.55 a square inch.

The Government of Canada has often asked for pieces of Galal Helmy's collection to be included in their Canadian Museum of Civilization. Mr. Galal Helmy donated one of the N0rval Morrisseau's artworks to the same institution "Self Portrait", 1986 which was exhibited at "NORVAL MORRISSEAU - SHAMAN ARTIST" held at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario from February 3rd to April 30th, 2006. This was the first solo exhibition featuring a First Nations artist in 126-year history of the National Gallery of Canada.

Mr. Galal Helmy believes that Norval Morrisseau is one of the greatest artists Canada or North America every had.



1 comment:

Charlene said...

I would agree - this artist has done an incredible body of work.
Charlene Mcc