Artwork by Norval Morrisseau,  The Wheel of Life

Norval Morrisseau
The Wheel of Life

acrylic on board
signed in syllabics lower left; dated 1973 and inscribed “The Artist and his Environment” on the reverse; titled on a gallery label on the reverse of the frame
39.75 x 31.25 ins ( 101 x 79.4 cms ) ( sight )

Auction Estimate: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

Price Realized $6,000.00
Sale date: March 30th 2021

The Shayne Gallery, Montreal
Sotheby Parke Bernet (Canada) Ltd., auction, October 27, 1977, Toronto, lot 61(191?)
Private Collection, Sudbury (purchased at the above auction)
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

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Norval Morrisseau
(1931 - 2007) RCA, Order of Canada

Born in 1931 at Sandy Point Reserve, Ontario, Morrisseau was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts since 1970. Norval Morrisseau was the celebrated founder of the Woodland School, which revitalized Anishnabe iconography, traditionally incised on rocks and Midewiwin birchbark scrolls. A self-taught painter, printmaker, and illustrator, Morrisseau created an innovative vocabulary which was initially criticized in the Native community for its disclosure of traditional spiritual knowledge. His colourful, figurative images delineated with heavy black form lines and x-ray articulations, were characteristically signed with the syllabic spelling of Copper Thunderbird, the name Morrisseau’s grandfather gave him. Morrisseau completed many commissions during his career including the mural for the Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo 67. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1978 and, in 1980, received honourary doctorates from both McGill and McMaster universities. In 1995 Morrisseau was honoured by the Assembly of First Nations.