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Norval Morrisseau

Born on the 14th of March, 1932, at the Sand Point Ojibway reserve, Norval Morrisseau has since cemented his place as a Canadian Indigenous artist of great acclaim. In keeping with Anishnaabe custom, Norval was raised by his maternal grandparents. His grandfather, Moses Potan Nanakonagos, a well-known shaman, was instrumental in teaching him the legends of his people. As a self-taught artist and early adopter of artistic expression, Norval adapted the traditions of Ojibwe oral culture, relaying them through the visual processes of painting. His signature style has since become known as the "Woodlands School" a unique combination of European easel painting, Ojibwe Midewiwin Society scrolls, vibrant colour work, and the characters inherent to Rock Painting.

With an ever-evolving practice, Morrisseau continued to study Ojibwe shamanistic practices until late in his life, infusing more spiritual themes into his process and therein elevating his work to a higher plane of understanding.

Over the years, Norval received many awards in recognition of his achievements. He was a recipient of the Canada Centennial Medal in 1968, was appointed a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 1973 and the Order of Canada in 1978. He was acknowledged as Grand Shaman of the Ojibwa in 1986, and honoured by the Assembly of First Nations in 1995. In 2006, he was the first First Nations artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.

After over nearly 50 years of intense artistic production, Norval Morrisseau passed away on December 4th, 2007 in Toronto.

Fish in inner lake
1981
Acrylic on canvas
20" X 21"
Bear walker
1979
Acrylic on canvas
23" X 17"
Fish
1981
Acrylic on canvas
17" X 23"
Bird Family
1978
Acrylic on canvas
24" X 30"
Thunderbird and Fish
1981
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 24"
Migration
1979
Acrylic on canvas
24" X 30"
Thunderbird #1
1977
Acrylic on canvas
48" X 35"
Thunderbird family and fishers
1977
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 30"
Totem power
1977
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 39"
Medicine woman and bear
1977
Acrylic on canvas
31" X 35"
Fish Shaman
1979
Acrylic on canvas
31" X 39"
Thunderbird Family
1977
Acrylic on canvas
28" X 31"
Thunderbird and fish
1979
Acrylic on canvas
27" X 31"
Bear walker
1977
Acrylic on canvas
34" X 31"
Thunderbird
1977
Acrylic on canvas
31" X 22"
Bear Cub
1982
Acrylic on canvas
25" X 24"
Fish and Bear
1977
Acrylic on canvas
26" X 29"
Fish and bird
1977
Acrylic on canvas
21" X 35"
Bear in circle of life
1977
Acrylic on canvas
32" X 30"
Soul
1981
Acrylic on canvas
25" X 18"
Loons and fish
1981
Acrylic on canvas
21" X 35"
Loon family and fishes
1979
Acrylic on canvas
22" X 35"
Bird Family
1977
Acrylic 77on canvas
22" X 35"
Bird Family #2
1977
Acrylic on canvas
23" X 31"
Shaman Bear and Medicine
1977
Acrylic on canvas
27" X 22"
Mother and daughter
1977
Acrylic on canvas
16" X 18"
Shaman
1977
Acrylic on canvas
15" X 13"
Bear claw and medicine woman
1977
Acrylic on canvas
18" X 13"
Teachers of birds helping bear of medicine ways
1979
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 31"
Circle of life thunderbird and fishes
1977
Acrylic on canvas
32" X 32"
Loons and fishes
1977
Acrylic on canvas
33" X 38"
Thunderbird family and fishes
1977
Acrylic on canvas
28" X 31"
Thunderbird family and circle of life
1978
Acrylic on canvas
31" X 33"
Fish Helping Children
1978
Acrylic on canvas
28" X 32"
Circle of life thunderbird and fish
1977
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 31"
Thunderbird family and young man
1978
Acrylic on canvas
29" X 37"
Bear with some help of his friends, Thunderbird
1979
Acrylic on canvas
31" X 32"
Bird clan meets fish clan
1978
Acrylic on canvas
28" X 31"
Fishes in water
1978
Acrylic on canvas
29" X 34"
Medicine bear helping sick person
1979
Acrylic on canvas
33" X 34"
Pisces, Thunderbird fishes
1978
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 32"
Metamorphosis Thunderbird fish guiding
1977
Acrylic on canvas
28" X 29"
Family
1977
Acrylic on canvas
31" X 39"
Bird and fishes
1977
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 38"
Thunderbird and fishes
1971
Acrylic on canvas
32" X 28"
Shaman thinking of spiritual matter
1971
Acrylic on canvas
35" X 37"
Shaman Teaching child
1978
Acrylic on canvas
33" X 47"
Incarnation of Brahm
1987
Acrylic on canvas
39" X 31"
Child of Shaman
1978
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 33"
Thunderbird getting help from the intelligence fish
1977
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 37"
Loon family with circle of life
1977
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 30"
 
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Shaman of the bird
1981
Acrylic on canvas
36" X 31"
Sold
Child learning at a young age of ceremonies
1981
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 35"
Sold
Thunderbird guiding bear
1979
Acrylic on canvas
28" X 30"
Sold
Thunderbird fish
1981
Acrylic on canvas
39" X 30"
Sold
Bear and fish
1981
Acrylic on canvas
32" X 23"
Sold
Life Force Thunderbird Family
1977
Acrylic on canvas
27" X 30"
Sold
Bear talking to birds and fish
1971
Acrylic on canvas
31" X 38"
Sold
Thunderbird protecting child
1977
Acrylic on canvas
31" X 28"
Sold
Thunderbird calling young
1979
Acrylic on canvas
27" X 35"
Sold
Thunderbird Shaman in mental realm
1979
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 31"
Sold
Father and son
1978
Acrylic on canvas
47" X 35"
Sold
 

 

 

 

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