“I saw a sense of purpose, a direction, and an inner strength. Looking at it from a painting point of view, I found an incredible sense of design, a power of imagery, and a uniqueness. You know, there is a sense of the unique. Obviously, he is one of the few people who have interpreted the legends and myths. But, his images of those demigods, the animal world, the Merman - things of this type were unique to himself, I felt. I felt that I had not seen this before."
Saturday, August 21, 2010
(Untitled) The Fish
oil on moose hide stretched on willow, c.1957-1963, 13" x 30"
28” x 19”, acrylic on paper
15” x 21”, acrylic on paper
Collection of the Glenbow Museum
The studies displayed above bear witness to Morrisseau fundamentals. i.e decisive line, comrehensive balance and vision. All five paintings are simple sketches. The first four images were painted with a heavier brush than the 1965 "Power Giver" sketch which explores a recurring Morrisseau theme.
The first two pieces were sold for thousands of dollars each by Gallery Gevik in Toronto; a primary art dealer of Daphne Odjig's work. I introduced Norval to Philip Gevik in the mid 1980s. Philip bought a few paintings and took us out for Armenian food.
The second two were listed as serigraphs and went for $200 each at Hodgins Auctions.