Date Created: C1979
Artist: Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007)
Medium and Image Description: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 25.5″ x 23.5″
About the Work: Norval Morrisseau was an Anishinaabe Aboriginal Canadian artist and best known for his paintings of myths. His narrative works of figures and animals were painted in vibrant, fluorescent colors featuring thick black outlines similar to stained glass windows or woodcuts. “These paintings only remind you that you’re an Indian. Inside somewhere, we’re all Indians,” the self-taught artist once said. “So now when I befriend you, I’m trying to get the best Indian, bring out that “Indianness” in you, to make you think that everything is sacred.” Born on March 14, 1932, in Beardmore, Ontario, Norval achieved widespread national success throughout his artistic career, garnering major commissions such as a large mural created for Expo 67 in 1967, which expressed the political dissatisfaction of the First Nations People of Canada. Morrisseau also regularly exhibited and sold his work in various Canadian galleries. He died in Toronto on December 4, 2007. Today, his work can be found in the collections of many private people, the Royal Ontario Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Dennos Museum Center, and the Art Gallery of Windsor, among many others.