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Norval Morrisseau (1931-2007)

March 30 - November 30

Included in General Admission

Free for members

Adult – $18
Student/Senior – $15
Family $36
(Special Prices Tuesday)

A display of works by Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland School from the McMichael’s permanent collection.

colourful painting of person in profile wearing elaborate headdress, holding a child

Norval Morrisseau (1932 2007)
Artist’s Wife and Daughter 1975
acrylic on hardboard
101.6 x 81.3 cm
Purchase 1975
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Born in the Sandy Point reservation of Northwestern Ontario, Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau was raised by his grandparents in an atmosphere of intense spirituality, both Indigenous (his grandfather) and Catholic (his grandmother). Morrisseau’s innovative and highly individual style is derived from this cultural background and from his own inner spirituality, which he characterised as shamanic. His grandfather was a noted shaman, and the principle of shamanic transformation informs much of Morrisseau’s work. Morrisseau’s Ojibway name, given to him at the age of nineteen as part of a healing ceremony during a severe illness, translates as ‘Copper Thunderbird’; this is the name he signed his work with.

Morrisseau was artist-in-residence at the McMichael in 1979, and the gallery holds an important collection of his works. An influential figure, he was founder of the so-called Woodland School, which included popular artists Daphne Odjig (1919-2016) and Carl Ray (1943-1978), also represented in the display.

colourful painting in an abstract style of human figures and birds and animals


March 30
November 30
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