Saturday, November 16, 2013

"RED LAKE INCIDENT" - Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society Exposed



Norval Morrisseau @ NMHS, Toronto October 2005 [1]

Vivian Gray and Greg Hill with Gabor Vadas (holding a genuine Norval Morrisseau painting) while Norval Morrisseau, sitting motionless, in a wheelchair. People in a picture insert; from left to right: Michele Vadas, Gabor Vadas; Board members: Richard Baker, Viviane Gray *, Lee-Ann Martin *, Dr. Ruth Phillips, Greg A. Hill, Absent: Dr. Elizabeth McLuhan: Morrisseau's legal counsel, Aaron Milrad.
* - not a member anymore


"The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society was allegedly established at the request of the artist MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS AGO even though he could no longer talk, and mentally he had “left the building.” They were supposed to research, document and preserve Norval Morrisseau's artistic achievement and protect the integrity of his art. They were supposed 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."

[1] - For backround history related to this blog post's photo illustration, which involve members of the NMHS observing genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings submitted to NMHS by Mr. Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries, please read "Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are Hoax /Michele and Gabor Vadas Exposed/ (Part I)" & "Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are Hoax /Michele and Gabor Vadas Exposed/ (Part II)".

NOTE: The paintings submitted to NMHS were all purchased over the period between late 1999 and early 2000 by Mr. Donald Robinson from Randy Potter Estate Auction. All of these genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings were signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique.

~ For an in-depth analysis involving genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a DB technique click HERE

      Dr. Ruth Phillips                    Mr. Gregory (Greg) Hill  

>>> Dr. Ruth Phillips (Professor of Art History at Carleton University) and Mr. Gregory (Greg) Hill (Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada & member of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators - CAPC), who are directors* of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS), falsely identified genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings owned by Blog Master Mr. Ugo Matulic as FAKES in Red Lake, Ontario in July 2008, and had these paintings removed from the book "Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland Artists: The Red Lake Years 1959 - 1980"These same paintings, signed on the back by the artist using drybrush (DB) technique, have since been authenticated by Forensic Science in 2011 and 2013.

* - other NMHS directors who were present at the "Red Lake Woodland Arts Festival: A Tribute to Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland Artists" in 2008 were Mr. John Zemanovich (a former director) and Dr. Trudy Nicks (a current director). Mr. John MacGregor Newman, Associate Director of Kinsman Robinson Galleries was also present - click HERE for background info on the event. 

>> Prior to reading and understanding the "Red Lake Incident", which will be presented on this platform very soon, I strongly recommend reading and analyzing the below listed reference posts.

Thank you/Hvala/Miigwetch,

Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker

>>> In a court judgement "Hatfield vs. Artworld of Sherway" /Court File No. SC-09-087264-0000/ Judge Paul J. Martial stated the following about Mr. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery:

“He demonstrated a superior depth of knowledge of Morrisseau…” (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 25)

“The testimony of Mr. Joseph McLeod is indicative of his care and the detailed effort to confirm provenance, including the hiring of a forensic expert to examine the signature on the back of the painting indicate that he took his role to provide appraisals seriously. His testimony… demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the painter due to his lengthy association with the artist.”
(Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 35)

"His (Ritchie Sinclair's) methodology in identifying forgeries is clearly inadequate and suspect since he testified that he does not even view the original paintings before condemning them as fakes." (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 16)

"Mr. Robinson (of Kinsman Robinson Galleries) was qualified as an expert in the area of valuation and appraisal. His testimony however overlapped into the area of handwriting and included an analysis of syllabic and English handwriting, areas for which he was not qualified.
"He has no formal training as an expert witness in handwriting analysis and his evidence is rejected. (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 37)

"Dr. Singla's forensic evidence is preferred in this regard and his finding that it is highly probable that the painting "Wheel of Life" was painted by Norval Morrisseau was supported by his detailed technical analysis of known signatures of' Norval Morrisseau. (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 37)

"The Court finds that there is overwhelming evidence that Norval Morrisseau signed paintings in black brush paint.” (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 34)


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