Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau is one of the most original and important artists this country has ever produced. He is also one of Canada's most internationally known artists.
Morrisseau was the first to paint his people's cultural heritage, faithfully handed down by oral tradition. As a result of his work, the Woodland Indian school of art evolved. He is the sole originator of the style. Norval was the first Native artist in the United States as well as Canada to paint in that unique style.

Just as Tom Thomson inspired the Group of Seven, Norval alone is responsible for inspiring three generations of native artists. A few have achieved considerable success of their own. Morrisseau, however, remains the master. In his formative years he was completely isolated from non-native society. No other artists influenced his work. Morrisseau is truly unique. Norval is one of the very few, perhaps the only world artist, who was not influenced by other famous artists' work. Thus he is the true "original." The myths, legends, history and environmental truths portrayed in his work have no precedence in the world. The genius of his paintings speaks to us of the past, and cautions us about the future. Another fact not generally realized is that Norval's work is not merely just a portrayal of myths and legends. Combined with the legends are historical facts relating to early native history and archaeological theory.


Morrisseau was the only Canadian painter, among world artists, invited by the government of France to exhibit at the 1989 Bicentennial of the French Revolution in Paris.   Recipient of Canada's highest honour, the Order of Canada, and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy ( R.C.A. ), Morrisseau has given the world a legacy for time immemorial.  Norval Morriseau has achieved a permanent place in Canadian art history.

Morrisseau is already well-known in Germany and France as well as Canada. Two books, one in Germany and one in the U.S., are drawing world-wide attention to his paintings.   His work truly has international appeal.

We believe that Norval Morrisseau is one of the greatest Canadian painters of all time, and is as important in Canadian art history as Tom Thomson and Emily Carr.  A new book titled "Painters, " just published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside and prepared by a country-wide panel of advisors, places Morrisseau alongside Thomson and Carr as "great" painters.

1984 McLuhen, Elizabeth, Norval Morrisseau and the Emergence of the Image Makers
1969 Schwarts, Herbet T., Windigo and Other Tales of the Ojibway, McCelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON
1965 Dewdney, Selwyn, (editor), Legends of my People, The Great Ojibway, Ryerson Press, Toronto, ON

Awards & Honours
1980 Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree, McMaster University, Montreal, PQ
1978 Order of Canada
1970 Appointed a member of the R.C.A.

Indians of Canada Pavilion Expo '67, Montreal, PQ
The McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, ON

Art Gallery of Windsor
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce of Collection
Davies Ward and Beck, Toronto, ON
Dodd's Coal Mines, South Edmonton, AB
Department of Indian & Northern Affairs
Noranda Mines Collection, Toronto, ON
Etobicoke Board of Education, Etobicoke, ON
Guardian Capital Group, Toronto, ON
Hart House Art Gallery, University of Toronto,
Humber College Collection, Toronto, ON
Montreal Trust Company Collection
Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, ON
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
Canada Council Art Bank of Commerce, Toronto, ON
Osler, Hoskin, & Harcourt LLP, Toronto, ON
Ontario Centennial Committee Collection
Sayers and Associates, Toronto, ON
Proctor and Gamble, Toronto, ON
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
Robertson Art Centre, Binghampton, NY
The Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec
The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, ON
The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Wonder Street, Toronto, ON
The Constellation Hotel, Toronto, ON
The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
Seneca College, Toronto, ON
Citicorp of Canada Ltd., Toronto, ON
Alson Hymas Collection, Toronto, ON
Manufacturers Hanover Leasing Ltd., Toronto, ON
Musee du Quebec, Quebec City, PQ
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
Gordon Jones Programming Ltd., Toronto, ON
Faith Hanks Collection
Bernhard Cinadar Collection, Toronto, ON
City of Toronto Collection, Toronto, ON
Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, PEI
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon H. Jones, Toronto, ON
Gerry Moses Collection, Toronto, ON
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Landauer
Louis Charles Collection, Toronto, ON
Michael Marx Collection, Toronto, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, PQ
Mr. and Mrs. John Payne
Noreen Energy Resources Ltd.
Richard H. Baker Collection, Toronto, ON
Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
Mrs. David S. Robertson
Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Rodney
Ruth Johnson Collection, Toronto, ON
The Browns Collections
Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
The Toronto Star, Toronto, ON
Thunder Bay Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art, Thunder Bay, ON

Solo Exhibitions
2007 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
2006 Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2006 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
2001 Canada House, Banff, AB
2000 Canada House, Banff, AB
1999 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, ON
1996 Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC
1992 Jenkins-Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC
1990 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, ON
1989 The Art Emporium, Vancouver, BC
1988 Sinclair Centre, Vancouver, BC
1987 Gulf Canada Gallery, Alberta
1984 Ontario North Now, Toronto, ON
Library AA Gallery, Brampton, ON
1983 Art Imperial Gallery, Toronto, ON
Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre, Thunder Bay, ON
1982 Moore Gallery Ltd, Hamilton, ON
Masters Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Robertson Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough, ON
Legacy Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
1981 Anthony's Gallery, Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC
Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre, Thunder Bay, ON
1979 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
The Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
Cardigan - Milne Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1978 First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON
1977 Graphic Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1976 Gallery 115, Winnipeg, MB
Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1975 Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1974 Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1972 Retrospective, Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1967 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1966 St. Paul De Bence, France
1965 Hart House Gallery, Toronto, ON
1962 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
Group Exhibitions
1993 Art of the Anishnabe: Works from the Permanent Collection
Thunder Bay, ON
1989 Woodlands: Contemporary Art of the Anishnabe
Thunder Bay, ON
1987 A Celebration of Contemporary Native Art
Los Angeles, CA
O.M. Show, Santa Barbara, CA
1986 C-I-L Art Collection, Burlington, ON
New Beginnings, Toronto, ON
Summer Exhibition, Toronto, ON
The Shaman Art of Morrisseau and Marion, Toronto, ON
The Birch Bark Sings, Toronto, ON
Manulife Centre, Edmonton AB
1985 Manulife Centre Edmonton, AB
The Spirit and the Smoke: The Art of Michael Robinson
Thunder Bay, ON
Two Worlds, Regina, SK
Of Dreams, Legends and Realities, Scarborough, ON
1984 The Native Loyalists, Belleville, ON
The Best of Our Collections, Brantford, ON
Norval Morrisseau and the Emergence of the Image Maker
Toronto, ON
1983-85 Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada
Travelled in United States and Canada
1983 Indian Art '83, Brantford, ON
New Growth from Ancestral Roots, Willowdale, ON
Contemporary Indian Art at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, ON
1982 Moore Gallery, Hamilton, ON
Second National Native Art Auction, Toronto, ON
Masterworks of Contemporary Indian Art, Thunder Bay, ON
1981 Native Art Auction, Toronto, ON
1980 Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Lynnwood Arts Centre, Simcoe, ON
1979 Indian Art '79, Brantford, ON
Thunder Bay National Exhibition, Thunder Bay, ON
Kinder Des Nanabush, Hamburg, West Germany
1978 Morrisseau/Thomas/Odjig, Toronto, ON
Art of the Woodland Indian, Kleinburg, ON
Images of Man in Canadian Painting, London, ON
Glen-Alberta Institute, Calgary, AB
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, St. Johns, NB
Thunder Bay National Exhibition, Thunder Bay, ON
Timmins Museum and National Exhibition Centre
Timmins, ON
St. Thomas Art Gallery, St. Thomas, ON
North Bay Art Association, North Bay, ON
1977 Painting Now, Kingston, ON
Modern Native Canadian Art, Kingston, ON
Contemporary Indian Art - The Trail From the Past to
the Future, Peterborough, ON
Programme, Trent University, Peterborough, ON
McMichael Canadian Collection, Algoma, ON
Queen's Park, Toronto, ON
Links to a Tradition - Travel to Brazil
1976 Contemporary Native Art Of Canada - The Woodland Indians,
London, England & Lahr, Germany
1975 Dominion Gallery, Montreal, PQ
Wallack Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Professional Native Indian Artists, Vancouver, BC
Bergens Kunsfoeing, Bergen, Norway
1974 McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Canadian Indian Art '74, Toronto, ON
Contemporary Native Arts of Ontario, Oakville, ON
1973 Canadian Contemporary Painting, Waterloo, ON
Canadian Indian Painting, Toronto, ON
Eaton's, Winnipeg, MB
1971 Festival of Canada, Binghamton, NY
1967 Expo '67, Montreal, PQ
1965 University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON
1963 Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery, Kitchener, ON
Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

Brown, Bill.  "Copper Thunderbird: An Ojibway Paints His People’s Past." Weekend Magazine. No.47, 1962.

Dafoe, Craig.  "Such a Long Journey."  The Globe and Mail. 10 April, 1999.

Dewdney, Selwyn, and Kenneth E. Kidd.  Indian Rock Paintings of the Great Lakes. 2nd ed Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1967.

Glenbow-Alberta Institute.  The Art of Norval Morrisseau : The Writings of Basil Johnston. Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1999.

Kinsman-Robinson Galleries.  Norval Morrisseau Exhibition : Honouring First Nations, May 7-31, 1994.  Toronto: Kinsman-Robinson Galleries, 1994.

McLuhan, Elizabeth, and Tom Hill.  Norval Morrisseau and the Emergence of the Image Makers.  Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1984.

Morrisseau, Norval.  Legends of My People The Great Ojibway.  Toronto: Ryerson, 1965.

Morrisseau, Norval.  Travels to the House of Invention.  Toronto: Key Porter, 1997.

The National Film Board of Canada.  (2 videocassettes)  The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau.  The Colors of Pride.  Ottawa: National Film Board of Canada, 1995.

Schwarz, Herbert T.  Windigo and Other Tales of the Ojibways.  Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1969.

Sinclair, Lister, and Jack Pollock. The Art of Norval Morrisseau. Toronto: Methuen, 1979.

Thunder Bay Gallery.  The Helen E. Band Collection of First Nations Art : From the Permanent Collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1998.

Turk, Linda.  "The Art of Norval Morrisseau."  The Chronicle Journal.  23 Oct.1997.]

Ojibway Spirit Creature

Artist: Norval Morrisseau
Medium: Acrylic on Paper, 1964
Size: 17 x 22 Inches
Code No.: NM101
Price: $8,500.00 Framed

Beaver Man Transformation

Artist: Norval Morrisseau
Medium: Acrylic on Kraft Paper, 1970
Size: 40 x 27 Inches
Code No.: NM100
Price: $14,500.00 Framed

Beaver & Loons

Artist: Norval Morrisseau
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 22 x 28 Inches
Code No.: NM08
Price: $10,500.00 Framed

Untitled – Fish, Turtle and Serpent

Artist: Norval Morrisseau
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 22 1/2 x 28 1/2 Inches
Code No.: NM93
Price: $10,500.00 Framed

Untitled – Birds on Fish

Artist: Norval Morrisseau
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 20 x 24 Inches
Code No.: NM95
Price: $7,500.00 Framed

Untitled – Loons Mating

Artist: Norval Morrisseau
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 20 x 24 Inches
Code No.: NM96
Price: $7,500.00 Framed

Untitled – Erotic Shaman and Moose

Artist: Norval Morrisseau
Medium: Acrylic on Moose Hide
Size: 45 x 96 Inches
Code No.: NM99
Price: contact gallery

Shaman Speaks With Inner Spirit

Artist: Norval Morrisseau
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 41 x 32.25 Inches
Code No.: NMC01
Price: $19,500.00 Framed

Water Dragons

Artist: Norval Morrisseau
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 35.25 x 45.5 Inches
Code No.: NMC02
Price: $19,500.00 Framed