Lot #203

Norval Morrisseau
Shaman Appears Before All Creatures, 1982

acrylic on canvas
signed in syllabics towards lower right
58 x 184 in ( 147.3 x 467.4 cm )

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Auction Estimate: $80,000.00$70,000.00 - $80,000.00
Price Realized: $44,400.00
Acquired directly from the Artist, 1992
Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Toronto International Art Fair, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, 2004
Norval Morrisseau has depicted himself as the transformed Shaman, and looking up to him for spiritual guidance are his adopted son Gabe, with his young son Robin.

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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.