Friday, May 18, 2018

Seventeenth Anniversary of the National Post article which started the Greatest Cultural Genocide on Canadian Indigenous art

Kevin Hearn Vs. Joseph B. McLeod and Maslak McLeod Gallery Inc.
/Court File No. CV-12-455650/
Awaiting Justice Edward M. Morgan's Judgement...



"Ancestral Spirit with Evil Serpent," © 1977 Norval Morrisseau


"World of Blue," © 1978 Norval Morrisseau

How is it possible for the above paintings titled "Ancestral Spirit with Evil Serpent" and "World of Blue" supposedly labeled fake by Norval Morrisseau in May 2001 in the National Post's "Morrisseau fakes alleged" to be excluded from the 'fakes and imitations' list of the Norval Morrisseau's sworn affidavit only two years later? (click


After seventeen years since National Post article by Murray Whyte "Morrisseau fakes alleged" /National PostMay 18th, 2001/, after three years of investigation by Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Thunder Bay Police Service and after six court cases over the period of ten years (see reference posts listed below) nobody has ever been successful in pointing out one case where it was proven that someone made, sold, distributed or even marketed one "FAKE" Norval Morrisseau painting.  

 >>> Reference posts:

~ In all of these court cases Forensic science have been used proving that paintings in question were signed by Norval Morrisseau and nobody else (click HERE).

* Both, Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries and his associate Ritchie Sinclair were discredited in this pivotal court case relevant to authenticity of Norval Morrisseau artworks (click HERE).



"Ancestral Spirit with Evil Serpent", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau

Sold through Maslak McLeod Gallery in Toronto, Ontario CANADA
PROVENANCE: Acquired from Kahn Auctions (Randy Potters Estate Auctions), Pickering Ontario CANADA; Private collection of Mr. David Voss, Thunder Bay, Ontario 
/Click on image to Enlarge/

 >>> The following is the 'National Post' article published in May 2001 where the above shown painting titled "Ancestral Spirit with Evil Serpent" appeared as an illustration and when it was supposedly labeled fake by Norval Morrisseau in May 2001.- -

Morrisseau fakes alleged-

/Probe launched as Canadian Native artist identifies paintings as forgeries/

A black and white reproduction of 1996 painting by Norval Morrisseau titled 'Erected in Honour of All Ancestors and Warriors" and a black and white reproduction Norval Morrisseau says is a forgery. The B.C. artist has identified 23 paintings as fakes.
National Post, May 18th, 2001

Celebrated native painter Norval Morrisseau has identified at least 23 paintings sold recently at auction as forgeries, launching off an investigation that could lead to hundreds of phony paintings attributed to him.

Donald Robinson*, Mr. Morrisseau’s gallery representative in Toronto, was approached last month by a collector who bought several paintings attributed to Mr. Morrisseau at Kahn’s Country Auctions in Pickering, Ont. The collector wanted the works appraised, but Mr. Robinson was suspicious of their authenticity.

Mr. Robinson sent colour photocopies of 23 paintings to Mr. Morrisseau in British Columbia for identification. Mr. Morrisseau sent back a signed statement saying he did not paint any of the works in question.

The paintings were purchased from a collection of 850 paintings sold by Kahn’s on behalf of a single dealer in Thunder Bay, Ont. Also included in the collection was a painting attributed to West Coast native artist Robert Davidson. The painting, dated 1975, has since been denounced by Mr. Davidson as a fake.

Randy Potter, who owns Kahn’s, said he believed all the paintings he has sold are authentic. He has sold more than 500, he said, and the only complaints he has received have come from Mr. Robinson himself. “I’ve sold a lot of these to a lot of people, big dealers, collectors, and not one guy has ever come back [except Mr. Robinson],” he said.

However, Mr. Robinson said these paintings land suspicion to the entire collection.

“I had long thoughts there was something wrong with these paintings,” said Mr. Robinson, who bought some himself. “With all these numbers coming out, I just thought ‘this is impossible.’”

The alleged fakes first came to Mr. Robinson’s attention through the Thunder Bay RCMP, which had received a tip through Crime-stoppers. An RCMP officer in Thunder Bay declined to comment on the case.

If the lot contains more forgeries, the financial damages could run into the millions of dollars. Mr. Morrisseau, one of the country’s best-known and most marketable living painters, typically sells a medium-sized canvas for $8,000 to $9,000. At auction, the paintings sold for an average of $2,000 to $3,000, with some going for as much as $9,000.

Norval Morrisseau
Photography by Laszlo Mezei

Mr. Morrisseau, who is 70 years old, is in ill health with Parkinson’s Disease. Over the course of a painting career that began in the 1950s, he developed a reputation for alcohol abuse. In 1987, he became national news not for his art, but for living on the streets in Vancouver’s Gastown, scrawling quickie drawings and selling them to buy alcohol.

In the early nineties, Mr. Morrisseau begun his recovery, aided by Gabor Vadas, a young man he met on the street in darker days. Despite his disease, he has been a productive painter over the past decade. But some believe the combination of his former life-style and current ailment make his judgment less than reliable. There is also some speculation Mr. Morrisseau, in leaner times, would fall back on painting simply to fuel his appetites.

“Over the last 30 years, he would be on reserves and paint paintings for food and liquor,” said Michael Rogozinski, president of Empire Auctions in Toronto, which has sold Mr. Morrisseau’s work. “You give him acrylic paint and a canvas and tell him you’ll take him out for dinner and give him some liquor and he’ll paint. There are probably thousands of these things on reserves all over the country.”

Given Mr. Morrisseau’s past, coupled with the likelihood he has produced at least 8,000 paintings during his career, it would seem likely he might not remember them all. Mr. Robinson, however, said it was preposterous to think Mr. Morrisseau would not recognize his own work.

“It’s not possible he said. “Norval has an excellent memory for longer-term things. His mind is still very good.”

Mr. Morrisseau could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Robinson, who is perhaps the most knowledgeable person in the country on the subject of Mr. Morrisseau’s art, said there were several clues as to the paintings’ authenticity that would make Mr. Morrisseau’s final say formality.

Mr. Robinson says small details seem to be slightly off: Mr. Morrisseau’s signature, painted in native characters, is not quite right.

The titles, usually written on the back of the paintings, are too faded they are illegible, a characteristic Mr. Robinson say he has never seen in all his years dealing with Mr. Morrisseau’s paintings.

More than that, though, are the paintings themselves. Mr. Robinson, who describes them as “shoddy”, said they did not appear to exhibit Mr. Morrisseau’s touch.

“There’s a whole pile of clues, but mostly it’s the images,” he said. “Once you’ve seen hundreds of these, your eye gets attuned.

We know how he does faces, what the brush strokes look like, we’re so familiar with his stuff.” Allegations of forgeries of Mr. Morrisseau’s work are nothing new. “He’s been telling us for years about the fakes, and even the people who were painting them,” Mr. Robinson said.

The reason for Mr. Morrisseau’s apparent popularity with forgers are many. When he started, Mr. Morrisseau was hailed as a true innovator, an inventor of a unique aesthetic that melded a traditional style of native art with contemporary painting. At the height of his popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s, his paintings would typically sell for $15,000, a rare figure for a living Canadian painter.

In spite of that success, though, the market for native art soured badly in the 1980s. Only Mr. Morrisseau and a handful of others were still selling work.

Mr. Morrisseau’s relative marketability may have made him a target, Mr. Robinson said.

“There are a large number of failed, unsuccessful, jealous and probably relatively poor native painters,” he said. “It doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to think that one of these guys might say ‘OK, if I can’t make it in the art world, then this is simple. Why not just make these up and sell them?

Mr. Rogozinski, however, doubted that kind of effort would justify the payoff.

“He’s a great artist and I respect him a great deal, but Norval Morrisseau’s paintings are not worth so much money that it’s worth someone’s while to sit there and paint forgeries.”

Mr. Robinson, however, says he supports Mr. Morrisseau unconditionally. “I wanted them to be real. We all did,” he said. “But if someone brought one of these to me, I would say obviously that it’s not authentic.”

Murray Whyte

Click HERE to view printed version of the National Post article "Morrisseau fakes alleged" /May 18th, 2001/


Genuine Norval Morrisseau painting "World of Blue" from Page 40 of the "Norval Morrisseau: The Development of the Woodland School of Art" © Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario/ ~ Click on image to Enlarge to read the statement by Ritchie Sinclair of "this painting being identified as fake along with 23 other fake Morrisseaus by Norval Morrisseau in 2001" , referring to the 'National Post" article "Morrisseau fakes alleged" dated May 18, 2001 ~
/ Excluded from the "FAKE AND IMITATION" list... click HERE/

NOTE: This painting is labeled as an "Inferior Counterfeit Morrisseau" by Ritchie Sinclair at his defamatory (click HERE or HERE for its screen capture). (Ref.: Exhibits No. 5 & No. 19)

The same Ritchie Sinclair was sued by Mr. James White for libel and defamation and Deputy Judge CW Kilian found Ritchie Sinclair Guilty & fined him $25,000 plus costs...  (click HERE for more information)


Below presented is a sworn affidavit by Mr. James (Jim) White regarding the paintings addressed in the 'National Post" article "Morrisseau fakes alleged" dated May 18, 2001.

-Page 1

Page 2

~ Dated March 9th, 2005

- A sworn affidavit by Mr. James (Jim) White regarding the paintings addressed in the 'National Post" article "Morrisseau fakes alleged" dated May 18, 2001 (see Exhibit No. 5)

In this affidavit Mr. James White confirms the findings of Exhibit No. 4 that Mr. Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries purchased paintings from Kahn Auctions. In addition, Mr. White stated that he took 23 of his Norval Morrisseau paintings, also purchased from Kahn Auctions, to Kinsman Robinson Galleries to be appraised for insurance purposes. Mr. Robinson complimented Mr. White's choices and advised him to be well-insured.

Two weeks later, Mr. Robinson indicated to Mr. White that he did not assess the paintings himself but rather asked Norval Morrisseau for assistance by providing the artist with pictures of the paintings and two boxes marked YES and NO. Mr. Donald Robinson had told to Mr. White that Norval Morrisseau allegedly marked NO boxes beside each of his paintings.
Despite numerous requests by Mr. White and his lawyer, Mr. Donald Robinson had refused to provide a copy of this documentation from Norval Morrisseau (see Page 1).

Also, Mr. Robinson indicated to Mr. White that one of his paintings would appear in the 'National Post" article
"Morrisseau fakes alleged" dated May 18, 2001 (see Exhibit No. 5).


Presented below is a letter from Mr. Donald Robinson to his clients dated May 19th, 2001 - a day after the 'National Post' article 'Morrisseau fakes alleged' was published (see Exhibit No. 5 or above). It is interesting that in this letter Mr. Robinson does not mention the name of Kahn Auctions. Nor does he mention the fact that he bought and sold paintings from Kahn Auctions in his gallery (see ADDENDUM #5) but contends that the collector (Mr. James White) who brought the paintings which were purchased from the same auction house (and same source) were fakes (see Exhibit No. 4).-

~ Dated May 19th, 2001
- Kinsman Robinson Galleries' letter to their clients
(Signed by Mr. Donald C. Robinson) /Click on image to enlarge/





"Warriors in Circle of Life," acrylic on canvas, 34" x 32", © 1974 Norval Morrisseau /Click on image to Enlarge/ 

PROVENANCE: Acquired by Mr. David Voss of Thunder Bay, Ontario who supplied it to Mr. Randy Potter of Kahn Auctions, Pickering, Ontario. It was purchased on September 29th, 1999 by
Mr. Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG).
/Click on image to Enlarge/

~ This painting, was sold to Ms. Jane Brown (Battye) on March 11, 2000 by Mr. Paul Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto Ontario. Also, this painting has been authenticated by Forensic science in September 2017 (click HERE).






Bottom: Images of front and back sides of the genuine Norval Morrisseau painting 'We Are All One', 58"x71", 1979; purchased by Mr. Matt Fountain at Kahn Auctions, Pickering Ontario; Top: Kinsman Robinson Galleries Art Appraisal for Mr. Matt Fountain for art purchased at Kahn Auctions (see above); including this genuine Norval Morrisseau painting titled 'We Are All One', 1979 (Signed by Mr. Paul C. H. Robinson) - Dated August 18th, 1999. /Click on image to Enlarge/
NOTE: The above painting haD been inscribed on the canvas verso with black paint and appraised by Paul C. H. Robinson of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries. 

In August 2008 KRG made the following hypocritical statement in regards to the black painted incriptions found on genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings:-

"In twenty-eight years of dealing in Morrisseau's art, I observed that Norval had rarely written anything on the back of any canvas, but when he did, it was always in pencil or ballpoint pen - never in black paint."...... Further they say; "And, generally speaking, he didn't title his paintings on the front - rarely on the back side either."

(click HERE & HERE to view screen captures of the KRG's statements).

* - Click HERE to learn more about other Norval Morrisseau conspirators stating that Norval Morrisseau never signed and titled his artworks in black-brushed paint.
(for more information see Exhibit No. 8).



"Shaman Envelopes Soma" 52"x42",
© 1976 Norval Morrisseau /Click on image to Enlarge/
~ Click HERE to view the inscription on the reverse side of canvas
Source: "Kahn Auctions", Pickering, Ontario

> Click HERE for more information about this painting, verbally authenticated by Mr. Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries who was the underbidder on this genuine Norval Morrisseau artwork when it was purchased at auction by Mr. John Goldi of Goldi Productions Ltd. on January 26th, 2000. Also, this painting has been authenticated by two top internationally recognized Forensic Document Examiners and Handwriting Experts: Mr. Kenneth J. Davies of 'Hawkeye Studios (Grapho-Lab® Services)' on December 19th, 2011 (click HERE to download this report) and Dr. Atul K. Singla of Worldwide Forensic Services Inc. on December 3rd, 2013 (click HERE to download this report).

~ For more information about this painting's background history click HERE (a blog post dated May 29th, 2011) & HERE (a blog post dated September 24th, 2012) or click HERE to read the blog post “Beyond DNA Certainty:” Morrisseau’s “Shaman Envelopes Soma 1976″; published on December 4th, 2013 at

>>> This painting was labeled FOR YEARS as an "INFERIOR COUNTERFEIT NORVAL MORRISSEAU painting" by Ritchie Sinclair who still unrespectfully claims to be a Norval Morrisseau protégé (click HERE for a .PDF screen capture taken DECEMBER 22nd, 2013 or read our recently presented post "Continuous malicious behaviour of Mr. Ritchie Sinclair towards the Legacy of Norval Morrisseau (Part I)" published on December 1st, 2013.

This proves that Mr. Sinclair is motivated entirely by malicious intent and has no interest whatsoever in promoting and publicizing the truth.    


© CBC News 

We are presenting here the complete and utter fabrication of Mr. Gregory (Greg) Hill (Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada & member of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators - CAPC), who is a director* of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS), by falsely informing the public in publication "NORVAL MORRISSEAU: SHAMAN ARTIST" that in 1991 "Kinsman Robinson Galleries was declared the exclusive representative of Morrisseau's work as a result of an increase in the number of forged artworks appearing in the marketplace."

© 2006 Greg A. Hill - National Gallery of Canada; ISBN 1-55365-176-6

Click HERE for Page 179 showing the statement noted above in red.

If you see the following posts, which were previously published in chronological order on this platform, you will see that this statement is Mr. Greg Hill's complete and utter fabrication in order to accommodate Mr. Gabor Vadas', Mr. Bryant Ross' and Kinsman Robinson Galleries' agenda of controlling Norval Morrisseau art market:

Posts published from July 4th to November 4th, 2010
~ Preceded KRG's $1,000,000 SLAPP suit against Ugo Matulic; 23-DEC-2010 

1. Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (Part I)
    An introduction

Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (Part II)

    An agreement that Norval Morrisseau signed with Kinsman Robinson Galleries dated March 6th, 1990

    Norval Morrisseau's request from Maslak McLeod Gallery not to use reproductions of his art

4. Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (Part IV)
    Norval Morrisseau and Gabor (Gabe) Vadas attending the Sacred Ceremony on Manitoulin Island in September 1999

5. Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (Part V)
    Donald C. Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries buying genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings at Kahn's Country Auctions in Pickering, Ontario starting in September 1999 up until March 2000

6. Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (Part VI)
    National Post article "Morrisseau fakes alleged" from May 18th, 2001

7. Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (Part VII)
    Mr. Donald Robinson's letter to his clients galleries across Canada dated May 19th, 2001 - a day after the 'National Post' article 'Morrisseau fakes alleged'

8. Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (Part VIII)
    Clark R. Purves's letter to Maslak McLeod Gallery to cease and desist immeadiately in the reproduction of Norval Morrisseau's work

9. Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Unveiled (Part IX)
    Appraisals done in 1999 and 2001 by Kinsman Robinson Galleries to clients who acquired genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings from Kahn Auctions; paintings sourced from Mr. David Voss, Thunder Bay, Ontario & sale of the paintings coming from the same source 

Gabor Vadas with Norval Morrisseau (in a wheelchair) 
The National Gallery of Canada, 2006


If you read above communication between Norval Morrisseau, his legal team and Joseph McLeod (1928-2017) of Maslak McLeod Galleries you will see that not once in a decade "forged artworks" or "fakes" had been mentioned until infamous Murray Whyte's newspaper article: "Morrisseau fakes alleged" /National Post, May 18th, 2001/.


Mr. Greg Hill in 2014 approved posting of the genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings to be part of "F is for Fake" art exhibition at SAW Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario; all funded entirely by the Canadian tax-paying public (click HERE for video). The paintings included in this exhibition were: "Wheel of Life, 1979" (*)"Upper and Lower Worlds, 1978" ; "Water Spirits, 1979". The latter painting, authenticated by Norval Morrisseau, was defaced on January 27, 2010 by Mr. Bryant Ross who is director of Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery in Aldergrove, BC.  

(*) The capstone of proof of authenticity of these "black dry brush, signed, titled and dated" paintings like "Wheel of Life 1979” came from a top international forensics and handwriting expert, Dr. Atul K. Singla of Worldwide Forensic Services Inc. (Toronto, Ontario) who, after a long and detailed forensic examination of the “Questioned Signatures” on the back of the “Wheel of Life 1979” and ten other Norval Morrisseau paintings, concluded they were all signed by the artist himself (click HERE for 2010 downloadable Forensic report).

Court ruled that this disputed Morrisseau, which was part of Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway, is authentic.

Courtesy of

Also, Mr. Greg Hill (Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada & member of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators - CAPC), together with Dr. Ruth Phillips (Professor of Art History at Carleton University), who are directors* of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS), falsely identified five genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings owned by Blog Master Mr. Ugo Matulic as FAKES in Red Lake, Ontario in July 2008. These paintings were removed from the book "Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland Artists: The Red Lake Years 1959 - 1980"(click HERE for more information).

These same paintings, except "Wheel of Life, 1979", signed on the back by the artist using drybrush (DB) technique, have since been authenticated by Forensic Science in 2011, 2013 and 2017 by Full Time Forensic Document Examiner Mr. Kenneth J. Davies of 'Hawkeye Studios (Grapho-Lab® Services)' (Calgary, Alberta).

Mr. Kenneth J. Davies had provided an expert report which he has also defended on February 8th, 2018 in Kevin Hearn Vs. Joseph B. McLeod and Maslak McLeod Gallery Inc. /Court File No. CV-12-455650/  


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

"The Court received the statutory declarations of Norval Morrisseau and letters filed by the Plaintiff in support of the allegation of forgery. This evidence was relevant and although hearsay was admitted since it was relevant to the central issue - Was the painting a forgery?

"In assessing the reliability of that evidence however, the Court notes that since this evidence was not subject to cross-examination it had to be carefully weighed in light of the testimony of all of the witnesses.

"The Plaintiff's own witness
Donald Robinson provided viva voce testimony of Norval Morrisseau's inconsistency and difficulty in identifying his own work, and of his unpredictability.

"He agreed that Morrisseau could have
memory problems from 2003 to 2006, and of his decline in health due to his illness.

Robinson's admission that he was not surprised that Morrisseau would sign a certificate of authenticity to please also cast doubt on the reliability of
the statutory declarations signed by Morrisseau.

"His testimony coupled with the testimony of other witnesses of Morrisseau's Parkinson's disease raises a significant doubt of the reliability of the statutory declarations.

"Although a letter from a lawyer who was present at
the signing of the statutory declaration and a doctor's letter were filed at trial, no expert testimony of capacity was proffered by the Plaintiff on such a key issue.
(Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 37)



> Reference posts:
1) The truth behind 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society', 2) "Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy & Art Market Competition"; writings by Michael Moniz (Part I) 3) Justice for Norval Morrisseau (Part II), 4) www_NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund_com (Part I) , 5) Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science, 6) Pivotal Court Case Relevant to Authenticity of Norval Morrisseau Artworks7) Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway (Part IV), 8) Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are A Hoax /Michele and Gabor Vadas Exposed/ (Part I), 9) Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are A Hoax /Michele and Gabor Vadas Exposed/ (Part II), 10) The Morrisseau Time Machine (Part VIII), 11) Ugo Matulic wins $1,000,000 SLAPP suit against Kinsman Robinson Galleries (Part I)
, 12) After 3 years of RCMP & Thunder Bay Police Service investigation no evidence of fraud found, 13) Who is the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society, what are they hiding & who are they protecting?14) Pivotal Court Case Relevant to Authenticity of Norval Morrisseau Artworks.


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