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Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt

Photo of Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt Norval Morrisseau
b. 1931, Sandy Point Reserve, Ontario, d. January 2007, Toronto
First Nations Affiliation: Ojibwa
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 formlines and x-ray articulations, were characteristically signed with the syllabic spelling of Copper Thunderbird, the name Morrisseau's medicine woman gave him. Morrisseau completed many commissions during his career, including the mural for the Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo '67. He was presented with the Order of Canada in 1978, and in 1980 honourary doctorates from McGill and McMaster Universities. In 1995, Morrisseau was honoured by the Assembly of First Nations.
RECENT EXHIBITIONS
1997 Claiming Ourselves.
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1994 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
1993 Art of the Anishnabe: Works from the Permanent Collection. Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
1992 The Spirit Within.
Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
Jenkins/Showler Galleries, White Rock, British Columbia
Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
1990-91 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
1989 The Art Emporium, Vancouver, British Columbia
Woodlands: Contemporary Art of the Anishnabe.
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
1988 Sinclair Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia
1987 A Celebration of Contemporary Native Art.
Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, California
1986 New Beginnings.
Native Business Summit, Toronto, Ontario
The Shaman Art of Morrisseau and Marion.
The Gallery, First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario
The Birch Bark Sings.
Ontario North Now, Ontario Place, Toronto, Ontario
1985 Two Worlds.
Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario
The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Québec
City of Toronto Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, PEI
Dodd's Coal Mines, Edmonton, Alberta
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Government of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Government of Ontario Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Guardian Capital Group, Toronto, Ontario
Hart House Art Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Humber College Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
The Montréal Museum of Fine Art, Montréal, Québec
Musée du Québec, Québec City, Québec
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario
Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba



Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Mystic Eagle Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : A Bison Spirit circa 1962-67 Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Astral Children 74/92
Mystic Eagle
48 x 40 in.   Acrylic on canvas
A Bison Spirit circa 1962-67
21 x 28 in.   Acrylic on paper
Astral Children 74/92
28.5 x 21 in.   Silk Screen Print
Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Exploration Diptych Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Muskrats - (Circa 1965) Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Spiritual Bear (Circa 1965)
Exploration Diptych
24 x 72 in.   Acrylic on canvas
Muskrats - (Circa 1965)
23.5 x 51.5 in.   Acrylic on paper
Spiritual Bear (Circa 1965)
19 x 31 in.   Acrylic on paper
Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Spiritual Merman Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Creation (1959) Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Life (1970)
Spiritual Merman
21 x 32 in.   Print Media
Creation (1959)
30 x 38 in.   Acrylic   
Life (1970)
23 x 35 in.   Acrylic on paper   
Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Grouse Mother and Chicks (1958-60) Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : The Great Moose (1958-60) Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : The Great Moose (Circa 1963)
Grouse Mother and Chicks (1958-60)
32 x 40 in.   Acrylic   
The Great Moose (1958-60)
32 x 40 in.   Acrylic   
The Great Moose (Circa 1963)
32 x 56 in.   Acrylic   
Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : White Beaver Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Visions of Creation Norval Morrisseau RSC, RCA, LLD, CM, DLitt : Bird's Eye View
White Beaver
28 x 46 in.   Acrylic on canvas
Visions of Creation
36 x 48 in.   Acrylic on canvas
Bird's Eye View
36 x 30 in.   Acrylic on canvas

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