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Published: October 18th 2015
NORVAL MORRISSEAU (1932 - 2007) (nm)
Norval Morrisseau (1931 – 2007), known as the "Picasso of the North", was an important aboriginal Canadian artist who was born in 1931 on the Sand Point Ojibway reserve near Beardmore, Ontario & died in Toronto in 2007. He was renamed “Copper Thunderbird” at age 19 by a medicine woman after he was very sick & has signed his art works with this new name since.
For more info & links about his life & works see intro text. Norval is by far my favorite Canadian native artists ;o)
This album, part 2 of my McKenzie Art Gallery/Shumiatcher series, features other art pieces (other than Inuit), in the Shumiatcher collection exhibition, most of which shows their love of Canadian & Saskatchewan aboriginal art & their support of these artists. Also included are some photos of the exterior & atrium of the beautiful TC Douglas Building (1979) which is home to the gallery. The building was named after TC (Tommy) Douglas, former premier & Saskatchewan's most notable and influential politician known as Canada's "Father of Medicare".
More info: http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/douglas_thomas_clement_1904-86.html
NORVAL MORRISEAU (1931-2007)
Norval Morrisseau, known as the "Picasso of the North", was an important aboriginal Canadian artist who was born in 1931 on the Sand Point Ojibway reserve near Beardmore, Ontario & died in Toronto in 2007. He was renamed “Copper Thunderbird” at age 19 by a medicine woman after he was very sick & has signed his art works with this new name since.
Morriseau founded the Woodlands School of Canadian art and was a prominent member of the “Indian Group of Seven”. As the sole originator of his "Woodland" pictographic style he has become an inspiration to three generations of artists. He was
a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts & was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1978. In 2005 and 2006, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa organized a retrospective of his work. This was the first time that the Gallery dedicated a solo exposition to a native artist.
Introduced to the Canadian public at the Pollock Gallery, Toronto, in 1962, Morrisseau was the first artist of First Nations ancestry to break through the Canadian professional white-art barrier. Throughout the 1960s Morrisseau's pictographic style grew in popularity and was often perceived by other Cree, Ojibwe and Ottawa artists as a tribal style, to be adapted for their own cultural needs. By the 1970s younger artists painted exclusively in his genre.
Images gallery of his colorful paintings: http://tinyurl.com/ndmshcm
Interesting note: The cover art for the Bruce Cockburn album Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws is a painting by Norval Morrisseau.
Other important Canadian native artist & personal favorites are Ontario native artists Daphne Osjig (1919 - ): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphne_Odjig
Images gallery: http://tinyurl.com/pngzh5y
and Mannitoba native artists Jackson Beardy (1944 - 1984)
Images gallery: http://tinyurl.com/olr4ru4
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