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Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau, born in Sandy Lake, Ontario in 1932, painted prolifically until his death in 2007. As a member of the Indian Group of Seven, Morrisseau, also known as “Copper Thunderbird”, founded the Woodlands School of Canadian art. This school of art is characterized by thick black outlines, bright colours and undifferentiated backgrounds. Known as the "Picasso of the North", ¬†Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his people, the cultural and political tensions between Native Canadian and European traditions, his existential struggles, and his deep spirituality and mysticism. Morrisseau is perhaps the most celebrated and illustrated artist in Canadian history. His works are exhibited in international galleries and he has been the subject of many books and documentaries.

 

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