Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Remembering Randy Potter, 1958-2018 (Part II)

Kevin Hearn Vs. Joseph B. McLeod and Maslak McLeod Gallery Inc.
/Court File No. CV-12-455650/


~ Justice Edward M. Morgan, May 24, 2018

/Previously published material/

"The Great Creator", 23"x96", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau,
* Exhibited at Mr. David Barnes' home, Brampton, Ontario CANADA
PROVENANCE: Randy Potter Estate Auctions, Port Hope, ONTARIO; Mr. Allan Lawson of Orangeville, Ontario (now Mono, Ontario)
/Click on image to Enlarge/

~ Click HERE, HERE & HERE to see detailed images of the front of artwork - a title and artist's signatures in Cree syllabics and English signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique.


All of Norval Morrisseau paintings acquired from the late Mr. Randy Potter's auction (Randy Potter Estate Auctions) that were analyzed for artist's signatures were forensically authenticated by three top internationally recognized Forensic Document Examiners and Handwriting Experts from Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary (click HERE).

NOTE: Mr. Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries successfully purchased 28 lots of paintings in the amount of $53,238.73 including GST during the time frame between late 1999 and early 2000 from Randy Potter Estate Auction (click HERE for the receipts from Mr. Potter's auction, then Kahn Auctions, showing the Norval Morrisseau paintings sold to Mr. Donald Robinson). Mr. Robinson labeled these paintings as fakes but he has never asked for money back from Mr. Randy Potter.

> Click HERE to view the very first painting purchased by Mr. Donald Robinson from the late Randy Potter's Kahn Auctions, sold through Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) and authenticated by Forensic Science... or click HERE for paintings appraised by KRG that were purchased from Kahn Auctions. <

Mr. Galal Helmy

The above Genuine Norval Morrisseau was authenticated/appraised by Mr. Galal Helmy, owner of the Maligne Canyon Restaurant & Gift Shop in Jasper, Alberta and EA Studios. The gift shop has  a spectacular collection of original Native Indian and Inuit art. Well-known artists include Norval Morrisseau, Eddy Cobiness, Jackson Beardy and the Hunt family of the Kwakiutl Nation.

Norval Morrisseau @ Manulife Place Exhibition;
Galal Helmy, Exhibition Sponsor (December 1985)

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.

"Self Portrait"; © 1986 Norval Morrisseau
Mr. Helmy's donation to Canadian Museum of History
(Former Canadian Museum of Civilization)

"Jesus Christ", © 1970s Norval Morrisseau
~ For Comparison Purposes with the above donated drawing

The Government of Canada has often asked for pieces of Galal Helmy's collection to be included in their Canadian Museum of History. 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.


"The Great Creator", 23"x96", © 1976 Norval Morrisseau;
Acrylic painting on stretched Canvas

Mr. Galal Helmy's Authentication/Appraisal of Norval
Morrisseau's "The Great Creator"; Dated October 14, 2007

"Genuine 'Randy Potter Morrisseau painting' appraised for $100,000"


>>> 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 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)

NOTE: Genuine Norval Morrisseau painting involved in this court case was also acquired from Randy Potter Estate Auctions and appraised by Mr. Joseph McLeod (1928-2017).



"Untitled" [Merman], 17"x38", © 1987 Norval Morrisseau
~ acrylic on stretched deer hide; ACQUIRED DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST 
/Click on image to enlarge and/or click HERE for detail of the Cree syllabics signature on front and click HERE to view this painting's reverse side/

"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 with Mr. David Barnes, September 2006

This painting was acquired by Mr. David Barnes from Mr. Galal Helmy is a deer hide signed ‘Copper Thunderbird’ in Cree syllabics on the front and was stretched over a wood frame (click HERE & HERE).

Dr. Trudy Nicks, who was Senior Curator in the World Cultures Department at The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) received this artwork from Mr. Barnes on November 19th, 2008 as she intended to purchase it on behaf of this prominent instutution. ROM placed it in their cryogenic freezer while they actively searched for donations to buy it. They kept it for a year but it was returned to Mr. Barnes on November 25th, 2009 by Ms. Tracy Forster, technician in the World Cultures Department at ROM as their institution was not able to raise the necessary funds. So Mr. Barnes kept it in the museum packaging and put it in storage (click HERE).

Dr. Trudy Nicks - Senior Curator
at Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

This painting which has not really needed a formal authentication as it originates from the prominent collection of Mr. Galal Helmy who acquired this artwork directly from the artist, was nevertheless re-authenticated by reliable outside sources. The request for re-authentication on behalf of the ROM was made by Dr. Trudy Nicks* of the Royal Ontario Museum and was successfully completed.

Note: Dr. Trudy Nicks was present in Red Lake, Ontario (Summer 2008) when Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) labeled genuine Norval Morrisseau artworks forgeries. (click HERE)

* Member of the defunct Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS)

>>> Reference posts:
- Forensic Document Examination (Part I), - Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science, - Morrisseau's artwork in Auction Houses, Commercial Art Galleries & Museums Around the World, - Genuine Morrisseau paintings: Appraised, Authenticated and Forensically Analyzed... /In regards to the Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/ - Experts in Norval Morrisseau's Art (Part I) /Ref.: Mr. Joseph McLeod/ - Norval Morrisseau authenticating his artworks /In regards to the Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/, - Endorsement by Thunder Bay Art Gallery of genuine Morrisseau paintings from 1970's /In regards to the Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/, - Authenticity Statement by Mr. Goyce Kakegamic /'In regards to Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings acquired from Collections of Mr. Rolf Schnieders and Mr. Gary Lamont/, - Statutory Declaration by Mr. Robert Scott, /' Witnessing Norval Morrisseau signing the paintings with a dry brush (DB) technique'/, - Statutory Declaration by Mr. Deiter John Voss, /' Witnessing Norval Morrisseau signing the paintings with a dry brush (DB) technique'/ - Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway (Part IV) & - Pivotal Court Case Relevant to Authenticity of Norval Morrisseau Artworks.

* Genuine ink drawing on paper in this post: "Self Portrait"; © 1986 Norval Morrisseau; Mr. Helmy's donation to Canadian Museum of Civilization. This artwork was originally published in a book: "NORVAL MORRISSEAU: SHAMAN ARTIST", © 2006 Greg A. Hill - National Gallery of Canada; ISBN 1-55365-176-6

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