Saturday, May 18, 2019

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


/THIS POST CONSISTS OF PREVIOUSLY PRESENTED MATERIAL/

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Jamie Kastner's “THERE ARE NO FAKES” 'documentary'

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"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 HERE & HERE)





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BLOG MASTER'S STATEMENT:

After eighteen years since National Post article by Murray Whyte "Morrisseau fakes alleged" /National Post, May 18th, 2001/, and three years of investigation by Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Thunder Bay Police Service and after eight court cases over the period of twelve 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.

** - A claim when Joseph McLeod (c.o.b. Maslak McLeod Gallery)James White, White Distribution Limited, Donna Child, Artworld Inc. (c.o.b. Artworld of Sherway)Sun Nam Kim ("Sunny Kim"), Gallery Sunami Inc.(c.o.b. Gallery Sunami), Jackie Bugera and Bugera Holdings Ltd.(c.o.b. Bearclaw Gallery) sued Ritchie Sinclair (Ref.: click HERE).

Note: In January 2011, days before the case was to be officially declared abandoned by the Superior Court, James White reactivated the case. It appears, however, that White was acting alone. On August 5th, 2015 Deputy Judge CW Kilian Found Ritchie Sinclair Guilty & fined him $25,000 plus costs... (click HERE for more information).


Dr. Atul K. Singla    Brian Lindblom (ret.)   Kenneth J. Davies
/Canada's top Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Experts/


~ From 2002 to 2017 they have analyzed more than 150* various genuine Norval Morrisseau artworks, all alleged to be forgeries by Kinsman Robinson Galleries and their associates, and have found them, without exception, to be paintings signed by Norval Morrisseau. 
~ In all of the above listed 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).















ADDENDUM #1

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"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/
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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.
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National Post, May 18th, 2001


Murray Whyte

@UntitledToronto

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/


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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 ~
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* AUTHENTIC NORVAL MORRISSEAU PAINTING
/ 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 www.morrisseau.com (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)


ADDENDUM #3

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.


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- 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).
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ADDENDUM #4

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).-


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

ADDENDUM #5

APPRAISALS DONE BY KINSMAN ROBINSON GALLERIES FOR PAINTINGS PURCHASED FROM KAHN AUCTIONS
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Kinsman Robinson Galleries claim to be experts with respect to the authenticity of Norval Morrisseau paintings. Presented below shows an appraisal done by Kinsman Robinson Galleries from a client who clearly states where the paintings were purchased (Kahn Auctions*) and the subsequent appraisal as of August 18th, 1999. Also, another appraisal done on October 30th, 2001 of the paintings also purchased at Kahn Auctions has been presented. In both cases the Kinsman Robinson Galleries provided appraisals. It is funny that the same auction house where Mr. Robinson purchased his Morrisseaus says are now fakes were appraised and authenticated by his own gallery as being authentic.
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NOTE: The first presented appraisal was issued to a KRG's client on August 18th, 1999 which is a month before Norval Morrisseau went together with Gabor Vadas to Manitoulin Island as per 'Exhibit No. 3' and the second appraisal was issued just five months after the 'National Post' article was published as per 'Exhibit No. 5'.


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~ Dated August 18th, 1999

Kinsman Robinson Galleries Art Appraisal for Mr. Matt Fountain
for art purchased at Kahn Auctions (Signed by Mr. Paul C. H. Robinson) /Click on image to enlarge
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~ Dated October 30th, 2001

Kinsman Robinson Galleries Art Appraisal for Mr. Jonas Plis
for art purchased at Kahn Auctions (Signed by Mr. Paul C. H. Robinson
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/Click on image to enlarge/
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* - 'Randy Potter Estate Auctions'




PREMEDITATED DECEPTION BY KRG

Paul Robinson
It is critical to note the date on the second appraisal done by Mr. Paul C. H. Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries. The document is dated October 30, 2001 which was five months after Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries launched a market espionage attack on Khan Auction with 28 paintings that Donald Robinson had purchased from said auction house (see Exhibit No. 5 for the 'National Post' article from May 18, 2001). These 28 paintings were never returned nor money was ever refunded back to Donald Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries. The presiding auctioneer Mr. Randy Potter had never been approached by Mr. Donald Robinson for a refund. Mr. Randy Potter would have gladly and consented to this request if it had been made. Mr. Donald Robinson successfully purchased 28 lots of paintings in the amount of $53,238.73 including GST during the timeframe between late 1999 and early 2000 (see Exhibit No. 4 for the receipts from Kahn Auctions showing the Norval Morrisseau paintings sold to Mr. Donald Robinson).

The four paintings presented herein that were appraised by Kinsman Robinson galleries are of the same typical style and quality pieces from the 1970's that Norval Morrisseau has become so famous for.

Whatever became of these 28 paintings one must ask? They were never returned as logic would dictate but were given supposedly to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) for research purposes. These 28 paintings were quite likely never given to the NMHS for research purposes. They have most likely been sold a long time ago and or kept in storage for future sales if Mr. Robinson's diabolical attack should prove to be a bitter fruit and a haunting memory of cause and effect.

So, Mr. Paul C. H. Robinson how do you explain your strange actions? Five months previuosly you and your father are dissing 28 paintings from Kahn Auction but yet you were appraising four paintings coming from the same source and supplier (i.e. Randy Potter > David Voss, Thunder Bay, Ontario)? /see Exhibit No. 9/

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SOLD BY KINSMAN ROBIMSON GALLERIES: 


 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
  
"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; MORE THAN A YEAR BEFORE Murray Whyte's newspaper article "Morrisseau fakes alleged" /National Post, May 18th, 2001/ was published. Also, this painting has been authenticated by Forensic science in September 2017 (click HERE).


ANOTHER APPRAISAL BY KINSMAN ROBIMSON GALLERIES: 


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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/
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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. 



John McGregor Newman
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).


ADDENDUM #6

KINSMAN ROBINSON GALLERIES @ KAHN AUCTIONS: 


























"Shaman Envelopes Soma" 52"x42",
© 1976 Norval Morrisseau /Click on image to Enlarge/
~ Click HERE to view the front of this painting and/or click HERE to view the inscription on the reverse side of canvas; Click HERE for larger view of the Questioned Document Examination.

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