Tuesday, August 30, 2011

>>> Others about NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG (Part VII)



"Wood Duck", ©  1990 Isaac Bignell Estate
/Click on image to Enlarge/

To Whom It May Concern;

I came to know Ugo Matulic, also known as Spirit Walker on his internet website, in 2007 as my co-worker on an industrial construction project in southern Alberta. While Ugo’s profession may be piping design, it did not take long before I realized that his true passion is the arts. Ugo has a true appreciation and enthusiasm for artwork, and in particular, the artwork of Norval Morrisseau.

As a co-worker and friend, Ugo has spent a great deal of time explaining to me the depth and complexity of Morriseau’s art: the messages behind the paintings; the intricacies of the brush strokes; the life of the artist and its visual effect on the art; the cultural significance of the artwork to the Ojibway peoples and to the people of Canada.

There are very few people in this world that exhibit a passion for the arts as Ugo Matulic does for the artwork of Morrisseau. While Ugo has amassed a sizeable personal collection of the artwork, his true passion is not obtaining artwork, but rather educating the public on the brilliance of this iconic Canadian painter. Ugo began his intenet blog on Norval Morriseau in 2007 when we first met, and considering the tireless late night hours he invested into this website while still performing his daytime profession; it became very apparent to me that Ugo’s passion is to showcase and educate the public on Morriseau’s artwork. The number (and quality) of posts that Ugo has posted on his website is indicative of the appreciation, and personal knowledge and understanding that Ugo has for the artwork.

It should further be stated that Ugo’s fervour for promoting the work of Morriseau has never been for financial gain. In all the hours I have spent discussing the artwork with Ugo, never once has the topic of finance entered into the conversation. Nor have I ever felt pressure to purchase artwork from Ugo. Our conversations have always been limited to the beauty and significance of the artwork. I consider him a purist admirer of Morriseau’s work.

I am a Canadian, bred and born, who had never been educated on the cultural gem that is Norval Morrisseau until I met my Croatian friend Ugo. What a shame that as a Canadian I was previously oblivious to this prolific artwork. I am grateful for my friendship to Ugo; in that he opened my eyes to such a Canadian treasure.


Ryan McKellar, P.Eng
62 Chaparral Close
Calgary, Alberta
T2X 3L7


>>> Reference posts:
- Remembering Isaac Bignell,

Great Anishinaabe/Woodland Artists (Part XXI) /Isaac Bignell/,
Norval Morrisseau Blog on Radio-Canada.ca,
- Mr. Robert Lavack's Open Letter to Spirit Walker,
- Others about NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG (Part II),
- Others about NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG (Part IV),
- Others about NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG (Part V),
- Others about NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG (Part VI),
- Norval Morrisseau Blog's endorsement by Bruce Morrisseau,
- Interview With Ugo Matulic Collector of Norval Morrisseau,
- Endorsement of Norval Morrisseau's 1970's by Mr. Goyce Kakegamic,
- Norval Morrisseau Blog's endorsement by Bonnie Edwards Kagna MacFarlane,
- Open Letter to the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG by Mr. Karl J. Burrows (Part I),
- Open Letter to the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG by Mr. Karl J. Burrows (Part II),

- Open Letter to the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG by Mr. David Barnes of Brampton, Ontario.

* The acrylic painting on paper in this post: "Wood Duck", © 1990 Isaac Bignell Estate; PROVENANCE: Acquired direclt from the artist by Mr. Anthony Martinenko, an art dealer from Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA /Private Collection/

1 comment:

Zhaawano said...

As an artist who himself draws much inspiration from Miskwaabik Animikii (Norval Morrisseau) and the Anishinaabe culture and beliefs he represented, I've known Ugo for a couple of weeks. So far, our conversations have been restricted to only a couple of telephone calls and an occasional e-mail, yet I cannot but full-heartedly agree with Mr. Ryan McKellar about his observations and opinion of him. I also agree with Mr. McKellar that it is a shame (or at least ironic) that it is often an outsider who has to confront a people with their own (often uncomfortable and painful) history, or open their eyes to a treasure trove of things they never even knew it existed. But I guess only an outsider can provide a people with a broad and truly unbiased version of what has been going - and still goes on - right under their noses. In my opinion passion-driven people like Ugo Matulic, as they more often than not are misunderstood or even rudely ignored by mainstream society, deserve to be regarded as heroes of our time for bringing out the truth.

Ugo Matulic is a modern-day warrior in the best tradition of the Peoples and artists he is devoting his life to.