" My eyes are now wide open and I see an overwhelming ever-growing body of evidence that tells me that I absolutely must do what I can to stop this. What I see are dangerous, dark pieces of art, that I for one would not hang above my bed and expect a good night's sleep."Ritchie Stardreamer SinclairOctober 20 2008
The defendant was referred to by counsel in their submissions both as Ritchie Sinclair and Stardreamer. The defendant describes himself as the "artistic apprentice" of Norval Morrisseau. Consistent with the allusion to which I have already referred, the defendant expresses a concern that: "Many of the works that are attributed to Norval Morrisseau however, are in fact counterfeit, and have been produced solely for the purposes of capitalizing off of Norval Morrisseau's fame and market value". It seems, from the record, that the defendant has made it his personal concern to identify, uncover, make known and even publicize works said to be those of Norval Morrisseau which he believes are false. In his affidavit, he says: I have no interest in identifying counterfeit Morrisseau paintings other than to perform a public service and to assist in protecting the legacy of one of Canada's foremost artists.Lederer J.Excerpt from the Judgment of December 8, 2008Ontario Superior Court of Justice
From October 2008 through November 2010 I published sensitive information about the proliferation of inferior counterfeit Morrisseau art. With the assistance of many (from all sides) who supplied materials, including Norval Morrisseau himself by way of his explosive sworn declarations, we painted a picture.
I have an undeniable faith in "truth" rising to the top. While identifying pieces in the forgery puzzle hasn't solved the problem I take comfort in knowing that the Norval Morrisseau forgery issue is the subject of a comprehensive R.C.M.P. investigation. I expect the very best from them.
The moment has finally arrived to turn my part in this effort over to Spirit and the Canadian authorities and turn my attention toward preparations for a spring exhibition of new art by myself and fellow Morrisseau protege, Brian Marion, to be held at the Lane Gallery in Yorkville.
Images of counterfeit Morrisseau art archived on Morrisseau.com will remain public to guide educators and students. Particularized information identifying forgers, distributors, suppliers and purported sources of fake Morrisseau art will be deleted from my websites. I feel compelled from within to do so.
I have developed a deep appreciation for our little circle of integrity and intent. Our shared desire for authenticity has rippled out to an ethical universe. We can expect results my friends.
May the Blessings Be
November 10, 2010