Monday, November 11, 2019

Remembrance Day 2019

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below...

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields...

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields...

Lt.-Col. John McCrae




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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Fourth Anniversary of the closing of "RETURNING TO THE PEACEFUL SKY, NORVAL MORRISSEAU" in China & Malaysia

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

"SPIRIT ENERGY OF MOTHER EARTH HAS NOT BEEN PROVED TO BE A FORGED OR FAKE MORRISEAU. FROM THE LAW'S POINT OF VIEW, IT IS THEREFORE A REAL NORVAL MORRISSEAU PAINTING."-

~ Justice Edward M. Morgan, May 24, 2018



















> Exhibition "RETURNING TO THE PEACEFUL SKY, NORVAL MORRISSEAU", held from October 31st to November 9th, 2015 in China and Malaysia was organized by LIFE Culture Group www.life-culture.org which is an Open Multicultural Platform. They Celebrate Cross-Cultural Experiences & Perspectives in Various Exhibitions & LIVE Shows and they are in partnership with the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.








Principal of the LIFE Culture Group Mr. Fenke Feng in front of genuine Norval Morrisseau painting "Dust of Life Forever, 1974", acrylic on canvas, Size: approx. 48"x132". This painting was signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique. 


Source (image & text): www.life-culture.org


PROVENANCE OF GENUINE NORVAL MORRISSEAU ARTWORKS FOR THIS EXHIBITION: David VossRolf Schnieders (1928-2015) and Gary Lamont, all from Thunder Bay, Ontario.


~ Click HERE for more information about Mr. Gary Lamont and his involvement in group of Thunder Bay lawyers acquiring genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings and donating them to Canada's cultural instututions (Glenbow Museum, Thunder Bay Grt Gallery, Hamilton Art Gallery, Algoma Art Gallery etc).


BLOG MASTER'S NOTES: It is important to note that one of the expert witnesses in a case Zelinski, Whent, Pustina v. The Queen, (No. 92-424) who re-appraised the paintings in question was Donald C. Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario - see Donald C. Robinson's Curriculum Vitae (Items 15 & 16). From these items is clearly seen that Donald C. Robinson commisioned a 270 page report for 211 Norval Morrisseau paintings that lawyers Zelinski, Whent and Pustina of Thunder Bay, Ontario purchased from 1984 to 1986 ( for more information click HERE and/or click HERE to read a thank you letter to Donald C. Robinson written and signed by Nicholas J. Pustina).
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Dr. Carmen Robertson* noted that Mr. Rolf Schnieders was "well-known conduit for Morrisseau's paintings in the Thunder Bay region" and was "actively handling works by the artist since 1960s. He operated small store on May St., in Thunder Bay ON called 'Yesterday's Treasures' for a number of years and this was one way he sold works by Morrisseau." 




* Full Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario; Formerly an associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan; E-mail: carmen.robertson@carleton.ca... also a  Member of the defunct Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS)

** - Professor C. Robertson “expert report” on Hearn’s “Spirit Energy of Mother Earth

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Other painters of the Woodland School of Art which were represented in this exhibition included Blake Debassige, Benjamin Chee Chee and Leland Bell. 




Eugene Morrisseau in front of genuine Morrisseau 




















"My trip to "THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, 2015 to Shanghai, Guangzhou, China then on to, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. To represent my late father, and family of my brothers and sisters. To introduce my late father Norval Morrisseau. Also known as " Picasso of the North " to the Asian market. His legacy, his art, his colors, his stories, his storytelling on canvas, it was an honor for me, to represent our people, First Nations people of Canada..."

Eugene Morrisseau


Eugene Morrisseau in front of
genuine Norval Morrisseau painting
"Dust of Life Forever, 1974" 





















"This picture was taken in Guangzhou China, the night before the exhibition. Getting last minute things ready, I'm just looking at all my dads artwork, paintings, that's hanging on the wall here... very nice paintings. This is the vest that I asked the Sandy Lake chief and council to make for me, for this special occasion to come to the other side of the world to represent my father Norval Morrisseau, my family, my brothers and sisters and of course, the First Nations people in Canada. It is a great honor being here to represent my father and where is this Sand Lake First Nations vest and my dad's tie called 'Man turning into a Thunderbird'... it just matches my vest. In closing I'd like to say hi to everybody... to all my Facebook friends and all my cousins and family wherever you may be... and to my kids back home. 

Kikjieh meegwetch"

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From left to right: Christian (Chimo), Norval & Eugene Morrisseau
at Concourse Aboriginal Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA - April 2002
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Norval Morrisseau with his son Eugene at Victoriaville Mall, Thunder BayOntario, CANADA 2002
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Norval Morrisseau with Family at Keewaywin Community Hall
Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario, CANADA 2002
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BLOG MASTER'S COMMENT:

I am a strong believer that Norval Morrisseau's Legacy belongs to his people "the Great Ojibway" and to family that bears his name - Morrisseau Family.

"May the truth be told and known to all"-

Miigwetch

Ugo Matulić






* The photograph of Norval Morrisseau with his sons taken at Concourse Aboriginal Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba was submitted to the Blog Master on May 1st, 2002 by an art dealer Anthony Martinenko, Winnipeg Manitoba

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Carmen Robertson Vs. Goyce Kakegamic... Who would you trust more when it comes to authentication of Norval Morrisseau artworks?

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~ Authenticity Statement by Mr. Goyce Kakegamic in regards to Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings acquired from Collections of Mr. Rolf Schnieders and Mr. Gary Lamont ~



















"Untitled" /Protection of the Family/, acrylic on canvas, 26"x33",
© 1974 Norval Morrisseau ~ Comes with Certificate of Provenance*
* from a Private Collection of Mr. Rolf Schnieders (1928-2015); Thunder Bay, Ontario
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"Untitled" /Protection of the Family/, acrylic on canvas, 26"x33",
© 1974 Norval Morrisseau ~ Verso ~ * NOTE: This painting was signed by Norval Morrisseau in 1974 and re-signed by the artist in 1986 (See TOP LEFT... )
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>>> The above artwork is an original painting by Norval Morrisseau and according to Mr. Goyce Kakegamic's personal perspective, he believes it to be an original and authentic piece of art painted by Norval Morrisseau. Mr. Goyce Kakegamic, brother-in-law of Norval Morrisseau, is basing his opinion on the premise that he knew Norval Morrisseau for many years and in his youth, he watched him paint many times. They were both members of the exclusive art group known as 'Triple K Co-operative'.






























Mr. Goyce Kakegamic's 'Authenticity Statement' for the Norval Morrisseau painting presented in this post; signed in Thunder Bay, Ontario on November 6th, 2009 /Click on image to Enlarge/





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"Untitled", acrylic on canvas, 22"x19.5",
© 1975 Norval Morrisseau /Click on image to Enlarge/
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This genuine Norval Morrisseau acrylic painting was auctioned and sold on Tuesday (May 27th, 2010 at 7 PM) at HODGINS Art Auctions Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta; Lot #322 (click HERE).

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Auction Estimate: $3,000 / $4,000

~ Hammer Price: $5,000 plus Buyer's Premium




Description: Norval Morrisseau Canadian RCA [1931-2007] DIVING BIRDS AND FISH; 1975 acrylic on canvas 22 x 19.5 in. (55.9 x 49.5 cm) signed in syllabics; signed in roman and dated verso Provenance: Former collection of Edward Code, Thunder Bay; Former collection of William Wallace, Thunder Bay; Former collection of Rolf Schnieders, Thunder Bay Note: Accompanied by letter of provenance and letter of authentication from Goyce Kakegamic, brother-in-law of Norval Morrisseau (see below).
                         
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Mr. Edward Code's 'Statement of Provenance' for the Norval Morrisseau painting presented in this post; signed in Thunder Bay, Ontario on April 27th, 2010 /Click on image to Enlarge/































Mr. Goyce Kakegamic's 'Authenticity Statement' for the Norval Morrisseau painting presented in this post; signed in Thunder Bay, Ontario on April 28th, 2010 /Click on image to Enlarge/





Dr. Carmen Robertson*

 * - Full Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario; Formerly an associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan; E-mail: carmen.robertson@carleton.ca... also a  Member of the defunct Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS)
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"The above paintings Dr. Carmen Robinson would consider to be 'Attributed to Norval Morrisseau' (FAKES), as per her 'expert report' (see Downloadable document; Pages 22 to 24)" 

These genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings came from collection of
Rolf Schnieders (1928-2015) of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Dr. Carmen Robertson noted that Mr. Schnieders was "well-known conduit for Morrisseau's paintings in the Thunder Bay region" and was "actively handling works by the artist since 1960s." (Page 14)
 
DOWNLOAD PDF HERE:

Professor C. Robertson “expert report” on Hearn’s “Spirit Energy of Mother Earth”


* Dr. Carmen Robertson -  An associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

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For more information visit "Professor Robertson’s Astonishing Kevin Hearn “Expert Report” at John Goldi's http://themorrisseauhoaxexposedblog.com


Reference: Jonathan Sommer's court case (representing Mr. Kevin Hearn) which came with false allegations about Mr. Joseph McLeod's integrity as a Norval Morrisseau expert: Maslak McLeod Gallery sued for selling a genuine Norval Morrisseau painting to Kevin Hearn - Band member of the Barenaked Ladies.


"NONE OF ALLEGATIONS FROM THE STATEMENT OF CLAIM BY MR. KEVIN HEARN HAVE BEEN PROVEN IN COURT"

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Additional information:

>>> The below is a brief bio of Mr. Goyce Kakegamic posted at AGORA Online (A Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Lakehead University) in an article 'Convocation 2007' .

Goyce Kakegamic
"Goyce Kakegamic was born in Keewaywin in Nishnawbe Aski Territory and attended a residential school for his elementary and secondary education. He continued his education after high school and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at Lakehead University.His professional career encompasses three distinct paths – art, education, and politics. Kakegamic is a professional artist whose works have been sold across the country and internationally. As an educator, he has worked in his home community as a teacher, principal, and director of education, and after he left the North, he spent time as an education counselor for the Department of Indian Affairs.

He spearheaded the establishment of Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute, an independent institute to serve the current and future post-secondary education and training needs of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) membership. In addition, he led the fight to better respond to the needs of First Nations. Goyce Kakegamic is the executive representative to the education self-governance negotiations between Canada and the First Nations of NAN which, if successful, could lead to a restoration of First Nations jurisdiction over education.

For nine years, (three terms) Kakegamic occupied the position of Deputy Grand Chief for Nishnawbe Aski Nation. In this role, he has effectively tackled a wide variety of issues – always with the quiet determination that characterizes both his personal and professional lives. Currently, he is focused on addressing high suicide rates among young people. He is also on the OCAD University Board of Governors (click HERE)."


ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Mr. Goyce Kakegamic has signed a large number of Authenticity Statements for Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings from the collections of Mr. Rolf Schnieders and Mr. Gary Lamont, both from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Also, a large number of paintings from the collection of Ugo Matulic (Blog Master) were acquired from Mr. William Wallace (click HERE). Many of these paintings came from the collection of Mr. Rolf Schneiders who mostly acquired them from Mr. David Voss, also from Thunder Bay.

~ Click HERE to view the paintings from Mr. Rolf Schnieders and Mr. Gary Lamont Collections which were previously exibited at The Goyce Kakegamic Gallery (NOT ACTIVE ANYMORE).


> Every painting from the collections of Mr. Rolf Schnieders and Mr. David Voss which were submitted for signature analysis were authenticated by one of Canada's three top internationally recognized Forensic Document Examiners and Handwriting Experts from Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary (click HERE for these Forensic Reports which are available for FREE DOWNLOAD exclusively on this platform. <


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>>> In a recent 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: The genuine Norval Morrisseau painting involved in this court case was also acquired from Randy Potter Estate Auctions and appraised by Mr. Joseph McLeod. All painting sold through Randy Potter Estate Auctions came from the collection of Mr. David Voss of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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>>> BLOG MASTER'S COMMENT: Anishinaabe/Woodland artist Mr. Goyce Kakegamic has lent his expertise by request of the owner of said artwork to authenticate in writing this wonderful example of Woodland art by the late great Norval Morrisseau. Furthermore the first above presented painting was double signed by the artist himself at two different dates twelve years apart. Please make note on the typical classic 1970's period style in which this painting was created in and how it addresses the spiritual evolution of Morrisseau in the 1970's with colour, balance and imagery.

Paintings such as these are used for archival reference purposes in determining authenticity of other paintings done by Norval Morrisseau. This is necessary to build up a solid foundation for appraisal values to be accurately administered to authentic pieces of art throughout the industry.

Mr. Goyce Kakegamic will continue in his own personal work as a leader in the Anishinaabe/Woodland Art Movement.

Miigwetch,

Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker





>>> Reference posts:
- Great Anishinaabe/Woodland Artists (Part XVI),
- The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Commercial Art Galleries Around the World (Part XXXIV) /Ref. The Goyce Kakegamic Gallery/
- Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part VII) /Ref. 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'/
- Forensic Document Examination (Part I),
- Downloadable Norval Morrisseau Forensic Reports (Part I),

* The acrylic painting in this post: "Untitled", 26"x33", © 1974 Norval Morrisseau
~ Formerly owned by Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker (Calgary, Alberta); acquired from a collection of Mr. Rolf Schnieders (Thunder Bay, Ontario); * The acrylic painting on canvas in this post: "Untitled", 22"x19.5", © 1975 Daphne Odjig; To be auctioned at HODGINS Art Auctions Ltd. in Calgary, AB on May 27th, 2014 at 7 PM; Lot #322 (click HERE).