Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Just updated at The Morrisseau Hoax Exposed Blog @ www.themorrisseauhoaxexposedblog.com

With Malice Aforethought – Carmen Robertson v Joe Otavnik

~ Filed by Mr. Joseph Otavnik of Oshawa, Ontario on 11/03/2017 ~
/Principal amount claimed: $25,000/

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

"As a professional historian for over 50 years, a longtime Canadian art collector, the Director of Research, and the Acquisitions Curator, of a Canadian museum collection of over 4,500 antique paintings, material memorabilia, and historical commemoratives, the story of the Morrisseau forgeries aroused our interest.

As a longtime, leading Canadian visual artist – as a top Canadian cinematographer, and film and television editor, for over 38 years – exploring and evaluating visual media of all kinds has been, not only a professional preoccupation for decades, but a personal passion for over sixty years, since I was given my first camera in 1953.

 I have made sleuthing out frauds, fakes, and forgeries, and the kinds of people who deal in them, a specialty of mine, and have published many academically analytical and sumptuously illustrated articles on topics dealing with: fake combat photographs, fake military bugles, fake bronze art sculptures, fake history book illustrations, etc., and on authenticating antique paintings, and historic memorabilia items made of ceramics, wood, metal, parian, plaster, fabrics, and leather, and other materials.

After having spent years of documentary, and “on the ground” research, on the so-called Morrisseau “forgeries,” speaking with dozens of the main parties involved, and spending more time in court – by far – than anyone else has, listening to the contesting sides in the dispute, telling “their side” to various perplexed judges, we can safely announce that the whole story about the “Morrisseau forgeries” is a total and absolute hoax…

And that the very few people who have collaborated to perpetuate it, will never recover their reputations, in this world, or the next…

And we can shout “HOAX” without the slightest fear of contradiction, from anyone, in this world, or the next…

ALL the science and ALL the independent experts are in full agreement on which paintings are authentic. And are at total odds with the tiny handful, of self-serving naysayers.

This blog will publish our research and proof that the story of the Morrisseau forgeries is, in fact, nothing, if not THE GREATEST CANADIAN HOAX OF ALL TIME…"

Excerpt from Article by John Goldi CSC, copyright 2019.

~ “CSC” – Canada’s highest honour for a director of cinematography – “for outstanding achievement in the art of cinematography” by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, the professional organization of Canada’s film and television cinematographers.

Image/text: Courtesy of theMorrisseauHoaxExposedBlog.com

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Revised for content by Ugo Matulic


"On the other hand, there are those dealers - including
Joseph McLeod and collectors like Ugo Matulic and Joseph Otavnik - who believe that the issue of fakes is really a non-issue, a trumped-up conspiracy by Kinsman Robinson and Gabe Vadas to corner the market."

Armand Garnet Ruffo (NORVAL MORRISSEAU 'Man Changing into Thunderbird, 2014; Page 290)



The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society

"In 2005, two years before he died of Parkinson-related disease, the artist launched the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) to compile a catalogue raisonné of his oeuvre. The Art Dealers Association of Canada backed the organization, acknowledging it as “the sole authority for the authentication of works by Norval Morrisseau” in 2007. But NMHS has been bitterly contested by others, including Morrisseau collector Ugo Matulić (a.k.a. Spirit Walker). He says the artist was far too affected by dementia at the time to be able to set up such a body."

Coline Milliard,

Important additional/related information:
In a recent court case Kevin Hearn Vs. Joseph B. McLeod and Maslak McLeod Gallery Inc. /Court File No. CV-12-455650/ the Plaintiff's legal councel was Mr. Jonathan Sommer while expert witness for the Plaintiff was Carmen Robertson. Expert witness for the defendant was a Questioned Document Examiner Mr. Kenneth J. Davies of 'Hawkeye Studios (Grapho-Lab® Services)' (Calgary, Alberta). 

Plaintiff's expert witness, Carmen Robertson failed to prove the case of the painting's nonauthenticity. 
Just as with what happened to Mr. Donald Robinson's testimony in Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway trial when he was accepted as an expert witness but in the end his testimony was rejected.

"Spirit Energy of Mother Earth has not been proved to be a forged or fake Morrisseau. From the law’s point of view, it is therefore a real Norval Morrisseau painting."

~ Justice Edward M. Morgan, May 24, 2018

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.


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