Ritchie Sinclair and Brian Marion
The Omega Centre - Toronto - 1994
In front of a Stardreamer original entitled., The Offering"
Brian is a profoundly intelligent artist with commanding composition skills that present core teachings of Spirit within a traditional framework. I find his work exhilarating. He has so much to offer. He is also a fine teacher. Unfortunately he struggles with diabetes related illnesses, including phantom pains from the loss of a leg last year.
In spite of that he paints on. I witnessed him working on a new 8' x 4' canvass the other day. I hope one day people realize that saturating the Woodland art market with Morrisseau fakes has been extremely detrimental to Woodland art and artists in general. Brian Marion is a case in point. How sad that greed so often gets in the way and worthy people suffer because of it.
This whole fiasco of the fraudulent mis-use of Norval Morrisseau's identity leads me to consider the merit of removing identity from those who don't deserve it because of their atrocious acts.
One receives an Indian "name" because they deserve it...and are it. What if in like kind, for crimes against humanity, monsters lose their identity entirely,
For example, what if nine years ago "the People" had removed Bin Laden's identity from society, adding him to a list of revoked names? He would henceforth be known only as K-1454. In Ontario we have current news headlines about a predator confessing to his sickening acts. He receives notoriety and a thrill because of it. Monsters like this should go down in history as mere numbers and letters without meaning, or family. Excommunication from humanity is unfortunately, a reality.
Should people who steal the identity of others pay with losing their own identity? I don't think so. Its too high a price to pay. Still...It makes one consider the value of identity and the ruthlessness of stealing something so sacred from another.
I look forward to the transparent humanity of the future and an end to power-tripping in all its forms. We can be better than that.
The Meeting Place Mural
1994 - First International Pow Wow - Skydome - Toronto
Thunderbird School of Shamanistic Art
Ritchie Sinclair and Brian Marion
"The aboriginal-inspired mural by Star Dreamer (aka Ritchie Sinclair), consisting of 28 linked canvas panels, was created as the centre piece of the lst Toronto International Pow Wow at the Skydome in Toronto in l994. Ritchie occupies a unique place in the Canadian pantheon of artists as the Scottish - lineage protege of Ojibway shamanistic artist Norval Morrisseau. The mural depicts the native legends of the formation of North America , contrasted with Toronto's contemporary architecture, like the CN Tower." It is 20th century Canada's version of the native totem pole," says Ritchie. It includes a cameo contribution by fellow Morrisseau protege, native artist Brian Marion and remained on view at BCE Place to mid-April. "Artfocus MagazineSpring 1997
THE MEETING PLACE CONSISTS OF 28 SEPARATE, STRETCHED, CANVASSES, WHICH TOGETHER, CREATE A UNIQUE ARTISTIC INSTALLATION - THE MURAL TOOK 5 YEARS TO COMPLETE AND HAS BEEN PAINTED WITH A VARIETY OF ACRYLIC MEDIUMS THAT REACT SPECTACULARLY UNDER DIFFERENT LIGHTING CONDITIONS - THE MURAL, IN FACT, WILL GLOW IN THE DARK, TO REVEAL THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE GREAT SPIRIT, SYMBOLIZED.
THE ARTWORK ITSELF STRETCHES 21 FEET ACROSS AND STANDS 16 FEET IN HEIGHT THE CANVASSES ARE SQUARE, YET THEY ARE HUNG IN A DIAMOND-LIKE FASHION SYMBOLIZING. THE 4 DIRECTIONS, THE 4 SEASONS, THE 4 STAGES OF LIFE, THE 4 RACES, THE 4 KINGDOMS IN NATURE, THE 4 BODIES OF SENTIENT LIFE, THE 4 ELEMENTS, AND THE 5TH ELEMENT SYNTHESIZING THEM ALL... THE GREAT CREATIVE SPIRIT.
Note: The mural entitled, "The Meeting Place" and the painting above entitled, "The Offering" are amongst art that was stolen by Randy Potter Auctions of Port Hope colluding with Centron Self Storage of Toronto.