Tuesday 29 November 2011

Ojibwa Midawiin Sacred Bear (c. 1960) Norval Morrisseau

 Paul Robinson, Ritchie Sinclair & John Newman
discuss the Norval Morrisseau painting,  
"Ojibwa Midawiin Sacred Bear"
now on display at the Kinsman Robinson Galleries

The Norval Morrisseau exhibit now on display at KRG is more about essence than presence. Without large scale artworks awash in vibrant colour to over-stimulate we can better appreciate the subtleties of Morrisseau's composition and skill at finishing each piece.

Creating art and being in harmony were one and the same to Norval. The repose required to create his art was gifted to him in the act of creating it. His advice to other artists that, "Whatever happens, just paint, and know that all is well" was no platitude. It was his way of life and best advice to himself.

Morrisseau's hieroglyphic language is wondrously pure and exciting to discover. I enjoy discussing Norval's work with other enthusiasts whenever the opportunity arises. Many thanks to the staff at the Kinsman Robinson Galleries for making this little gathering happen. Hope to see (most of) you there!

Ojibwa Midawiin Sacred Bear
Norval Morrisseau
Acrylic on paper, 22x30inches, 55.88x76.2cm, c.1959-62

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