Thursday, January 3, 2019

>>> Great Collections of Norval Morrisseau Art (Part I) /Revisited/



"TITLE NOT KNOWN," © 1970s Norval Morrisseau
(Acrylic on Canvas)
~ Collection of Westerkirk Works of Art
  Curator: Jessica Wilson
* This acrylic painting on canvas is signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique on canvas VERSO  

"The Westerkirk Works of Art Morrisseau Collection is good news for Canada, great news for the protection of our shared cultural legacy, and a celebration of the most important Canadian artist of the past several decades.

Norval Morrisseau fearlessly brought us a whole new way of looking at the world, revitalizing the vision of Canada's First Nations in a visual language that even children can clearly understand. He spoke for an era, defining what it means to be Canadian - before his time, Morrisseau presented a major concern for the environment and humanity's place within nature, racial harmony, and the rights of Canada's First Nations"

Joseph McLeod (1928-2017)
/The late Director of the Maslak McLeod Gallery/

Source (excerpt): 
New Book Examines Inspirations of Canada's Most Treasured Aboriginal Painter

~ For a background history of the above painting click HERE.


The following copyrighted section is an excerpt taken from, “,” and used with permission from the author John Goldi CSC.

"The paintings had apparently been collected over many years, by the owner of the Elmwood Spa, Sherry Brydson, a passionate collector of Canadian fine art, who had clearly spared no expense to get the best paintings that were available. She had been advised in her collecting by the late Mr. Joseph McLeod, still regarded as the top expert on Norval Morrisseau’s art from the 1960s to the 1980s period. He had supplied many of the paintings through his gallery."

Excerpt from Article by John Goldi CSC, copyright 2013.


"Thunderbird and Canoe in Flight, Norval on Scooter, 1997" 
Copyright Estate of Norval Morrisseau

Jessica Wilson is the curator. She’s with a Toronto company called Westerkirk Works of Art. She spent months tracking contact after contact, from company to individual, looking for Morriseau paintings.
“It’s amazing when you go from his early works to his later paintings,” she says, motioning with a nod toward the collection. “You realize that he would sometimes paint on anything that happened to be handy. For instance,” she moves to one wall, “this isn’t painted on canvas. He picked up an old cardboard poster, turned it over, and painted on that. ”

Moving further along, Wilson notes, “This painting is on brown paper. He didn’t always have canvas so he used whatever was available.”

Source (excerpt):
Cultural contacts


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