Thursday 21 October 2010

Merman Is The Lord And Ruler Of The Water Of The World (1992) Norval Morrisseau

Merman Is The Lord And Ruler
Of The Water Of The World
 - Norval Morrisseau -
Acrylic on canvas, 90" x 48", 1992 , Titled verso by the artist's hand

 - Exhibited at the G8 retreat, Huntsville/G20 summit, Toronto, June 2010 -
On view NOW at the Norval Morrisseau 2010 Retrospective
 - Oct 16 - Nov 20, 2010 -
Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto

"Merman the anchient (sic) half man and supernatural being who is the ruler of all the waters of the world in his protection and power to the individual, both by water and land, was a sought-after protector of the Ojibwa Indian shaman; for it is said that the merman own[s] the element of water in itself very powerfull (sic) to be channell (sic) to that power etc..."

Norval Morrisseau  

Isn't it interesting that this aptly titled painting found its way into the inner circles of World power. Given Norval's "Merman" statement, isn't it profoundly appropriate that they used it? Morrisseaus appear in the Halls of Power because Morrisseau paintings are Powerful....and that's putting it mildly.

Read more about the G8/G20 summits, the Retrospective and Morrisseau in a new article published by Woodland Artist, Mark Anthony Jacobson HERE

Check out a 1968 Merman painted by Norval Morrisseau.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Ritchie! I followed the link over to Marks blog...nice post.

    I'm going to go to the Norval Morrisseau Retrospective at KRG next week. I am looking forward to seeing the paintings you showed me through the window...

    Thanks for all this work you do and how you have stood guard for a friend, even in the face of scorn and resentment. You are a valiant warrior and a Canadian hero.