Norval (Copper Thunderbird) Morrisseau
(1932 - 2007)
Norval (Copper Thunderbird) Morrisseau was active/lived in Ontario / Canada. Norval Morrisseau is known for modernist Indian figurative motif painting and drawing.
Biography Norval (Copper Thunderbird) Morrisseau
An Objibwa/Chippewa shaman, Norval Morrisseau was one of the first
native Canadians to adopt modernist* styles that conveyed traditional
aboriginal imagery. "His style, which became known as Woodland* or
Legend painting, evoked ancient etching from birch-bark scrolls and
often used X-ray like motifs: skeletal elements and internal
organs visible within the forms of animals and people, and black spirit
lines emanating from them."
He used saturated, startling colors described by a curator of the
National Gallery of Canada as appearing "to vibrate under the viewer's
gaze." In 2006, the Gallery sponsored a retrospective of
Morrisseau's work. From there, the exhibition moved for a year to
the George G
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