~ Great opportunity for a serious collector and/or Institution
"Nepii-Naba, the merman, who brought good luck to those who offered him tobacco and, in return, helped Indians to travel safely on lakes and rivers." ~ Norval Morrisseau *
|Mr. Galal Helmy|
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.Helmy purchased hundreds of paintings directly from Norval Morrisseau which he produced while stayed at his premises. Mr. Helmy says that he took a photo of the artist with a painting for every artwork he had ever acquired from Norval Morrisseau.
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 Norval 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 with Mr. David Barnes, September 2006|
This painting I am offering for sale is an untitled acrylic painting on stretched deer hide of a merman. The size of this artwork is 17”x 38” and it was signed ‘Copper Thunderbird’ in Cree syllabics on the front and was stretched over a wood frame (click HERE & HERE).
David Barnes, Orangeville ON
March 2013 "