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Originally published on October 2th, 2010 (revised as noted)
© Photography by Webster Galleries Inc.
Left: "Legendary Omish-Shoo's", ink/acrylic on paper, 15"x20", © 1971 Norval Morrisseau - acquired by Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario from a Private Collection of Mr. Terry Hlady, Calgary, Alberta - originally offered for sale through Webster Galleries Inc., Calgary, Alberta;
Right: "Ancestral Spirits", acrylic on canvas, 36"x48", © 1989 Norval Morrisseau. This painting is from a Private Collection of Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker (Calgary, Alberta). It was acquired directly from the artist by Mr. Gary Lamont a.k.a Gary Bruce Thacky (Thunder Bay, Ontario) in 1989; Currently on display at Webster Galleries Inc., Calgary, Alberta. /Click on image to Enlarge/
-- >>> The painting on the left "Legendary Omish-Shoo's" was inspected in person by Blog Master of the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG while visiting Webster Galleries in Calgary prior being sold by Mr. Terry Hlady to Kinsman Robinson Galleries. This painting which was part of Kinsman Robinson Galleries' 'Norval Morrisseau 2010 Retrospective' (October 16th - November 20th, 2010), comes with inscription on the reverse side which reads:
"The legendary Omish-Shoo's riding upon the horned snake in fear of being punished by Nanabajou for mischief of burning his moccasins, as Omish-Shoo's was an evil sorcerer. But no one could ever put one over the Lord of the Land - Nanabajou."
/click HERE/ -
This painting which was part of 'Norval Morrisseau 2010 Retrospective' had been first shown to the public on October 2nd, 2010 as a part of a preview of 32 genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings & drawings spanning four decades. This exhibition has been advertised by Ritchie R. Sinclair a.k.a. Stardreamer on his blog (click HERE) as well as this painting presented above (click HERE).
>>> The painting on the right "Ancestral Spirits" was acquired by Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker from Mr. Gary Lamont who acquired it directly from the artist in 1989 and is currently available for purchase at Webster Galleries in Calgary, Alberta and was originally shown in this gallery for 'Norval Morrisseau Collection' exhibition which was previewed on October 2nd, 2009 (click HERE to see this and other genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings offered for sale by this reputable gallery showcasing Canadian Fine Art since 1979). This painting, together with other Norval Morrisseau paintings exhibited at Webster Galleries in Calgary, was labeled "Inferior Counterfeit Morrisseau" by Ritchie R. Sinclair a.k.a. Stardreamer at his www.morrisseau.com (click HERE). It is strange that paintings involved in a court case Zelinski v. The Queen, (No. 92-424) were also acquired directly from the artist through Mr. Gary Lamont, who served as a mediator between Norval Morrisseau and the said party of lawyers, and the same were appraised by Donald C. Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries and Joseph McLoed of Maslak McLeod Gallery (click HERE). Even more ironic is the fact that Ritchie R. Sinclair is calling authentic Norval Morrisseau's paintings which were copyrighted by Norval Morrisseau and Kinsman Robinson Galleries as "Inferior Counterfeit Morrisseaus" which were published in "Norval Morrisseau: Travels to the House of Invention", 1997 (see 'Exhibit No. 28'; Incompetent Behaviour No. 5).
It is a shame that individuals like Ritchie R. Sinclair a.k.a. Stardreamer, Gabor M. Vadas and Mark Anthony Jacobson a.k.a. PEY-SIM-AWAY-APEY-BINASI are labeling paintings acquired by Mr. Gary Lamont directly from Norval Morrisseau as 'fakes' and 'abominations' and at the same time they are in full support of Donald C. Robinson who appraised paintings coming from the same source (click HERE)!? These individuals are not just trying to discredit Mr. Gary Lamont and large body of Norval Morrisseau's works executed in predominant 1970's style but also those paintings that came from the 1980's - the same period of the most of the paintings being offered for sale at Webster Galleries in Calgary, Alberta (click HERE).
Less than 12 hours since the original content of this article had been posted, Bryant Ross who is the director of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery in Aldergrove, BC called "Ancestral Spirits" an 'ugly yellow abomination' (click HERE or HERE). This marked for the first time in Canadian history an art gallery owner slanderously calling another genuine Norval Morrisseau painting 'non-authentic '. This painting is currently being offered for sale at Webster Galleries, Calgary, Alberta.
The same Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery is also infamously connected to the public vandalism of a genuine Norval Morrisseau painting signed titled and dated 'Water Spirits - 1979'. Which he personally destroyed before a Vancouver Press audience on January 27th, 2010 along with consent from Gabor M. Vadas, and artist Mark Anthony Jacobson a.k.a. PEY-SIM-AWAY-APEY-BINASI who were present and accomplice to this crime (see our previously published post 'Blasphemy II' or click HERE for 'You Tube' video presenting this act of vandalism). Ritchie R. Sinclair gave a compliment to this painting "And a beautiful Morrisseau it is - so embued with Vision!" 24 December, 2007 01:58. Ms. Katie Mercer, reporter for The Province newspaper, in her article titled "Portrait of a scandal" shows her biased full support of Bryant Ross' act of vandalism which is also fully supported by Kinsman Robinson Galleries as posted on http://twitter.com/KinsmanRobinson (click HERE to view a twit which surfaced on the day of Ms. Katie Mercer's print/online article or click HERE for this twit's screen capture). It is important to note that Ms. Katie Mercer commenced an interview with Blog Master /Spirit Walker/ which lasted approx. 45 minutes and in spite of saying that she did not want take any sides in the debate regarding Norval Morrisseau's art authenticity issues she clearly took the side of Bryant Ross, Gabor M. Vadas and Mark Anthony Jacobson a.k.a. PEY-SIM-AWAY-APEY-BINASI when writing up her article?
The Province newspaper has since dropped their write-up article concerning this event from their newspaper knowing very well that journalist Ms. Katie Mercer and the audience were duped into thinking that Bryant Ross was actually destroying a fake Morrisseau painting. This online article "Portrait of a scandal" has been deleted by The Province editors and as of August 2010 it is not available for viewing anymore (click HERE for a screen capture of this online article). Printed version of this article, in which an important statement from the 'National Art Gallery of Canada' was taken out of context to support Katie Mercer's newspaper article, will be presented on the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG very soon. The painting 'Water Spirits', together with another painting titled 'Upper and Lower Worlds - 1978' were included in printed version of "Portrait of a scandal" and both were presented in our posted article The truth behind 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society'. Bryant Ross has been cought LYING when stated that "he donated these two paintings at his own expense to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) to use them as examples of fake paintings". We have never recieved an answer back from the NMHS in regards to the appropriation of said paintings or any further discussion from the NMHS board members who have remained silent on this issue to this day. <<<<<<<
~ Committee members of the NMHS are as follows: -
* Viviane Gray - Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Dept. of Indian Affairs & Northern Development (not a member anymore);
* 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.
> NMHS could be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may click above on each NMHS members' names to e-mail them about your questions, concernes & satisfaction or dissatisfaction of their achievements to date.
BLOG MASTER'S COMMENT: I am dissapointed that Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (est. 2005) is not honouring their mission statement:-
"The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society was established at the request of Norval Morrisseau to research, document and preserve his artistic achievement and protect the integrity of his art. It seeks to achieve this mission by establishing and maintaining a registry of his works, publishing and updating a catalogue raisonne of his artistic output and providing the necessary expertise to authenticate his art.-
- Why are they silent? If they truly care in "protecting the integrity of Norval Morrisseau's art" they should need to speak up. Their silence is hurting the legacy of the man they are supposed to protect and the longer they wait to publish a public statement regarding this matter presented herein, the longer the legacy of Norval Morrisseau will suffer.
Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker
>>> Reference posts:
- Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society,
- The truth behind 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society',