Norval Morrisseau Unlimited

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Manifestation

Norval Morrisseau Print - Manifestation

Medium: Serigraph on paper (S: 3+∙Re∙Tpm∙Tpp∙Tse∙Tsa)
Edition size:  Known (S: 3+∙Re∙Tpw∙Tse∙Tse∙Tsa)
Artist Proof:  Unknown
Paper size:  Known (S: 3+∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tm)
Image size: Known (S: 3+∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tm)
Year:  1977
Printmaker:  Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 1∙Re∙Tse)
Code: G77.1

Remark

Made after the original acrylic on canvas. A picture with Norval Morrisseau and the original canvas does exist.

Info needed:
– Existance of Artist Proof(s)
– Confirmation paper & image size
– Confirmation year of print
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
promotion material) and additional info or reference material

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Serigraph / Silkscreen,

Nature Communication

Norval Morrisseau Print - Nature Communication

Medium: Serigraph on paper (S: 1∙Re∙Tpm∙Tpp∙Tse)
Edition size:  Known (S: 3∙Re∙Tpw∙Tse∙Tsa)
Artist Proof:  Unknown
Paper size:  Known (S: 2∙Re∙Tse∙Tm)
Image size: Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tsa∙Tm)
Year:  Unknown (estimate ca 1975-1979) (note 1)
Printmaker:  Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 1∙Re∙Tpe)
Code: GU.7

Note:
1) Year not readable in embossing. I have seen no print from Great Grasslands Graphics Company later than 1979, so this print is likely made between 1975-1979.

Info needed:
– Better image photo, high resolution
– Existance of Artist Proof(s)
– Confirmation paper and image size
– Exact year of print
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
promotion material)
– Additional info or reference material

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Serigraph / Silkscreen,

Untitled (Looking North)

Medium:  Tapestry of wool yarn (S: 1∙Re∙Tse∙Tpm∙Tpp∙Tom)
Edition size:  Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tse∙Tpw∙Tom) (note 1)
Artist Proof:  Unknown
Tapestry size:  Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tse)
Image size: Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tsa, calculated tapastry/image ratio)
Year:  Unknown (estimate ca 1975) (note 2)
Weaver:  Unknown
Publisher:  Grasslands Graphics Ltd. (S: 1∙Re∙Tom) (note 3)
Code: GU.6

Remark:
This tapastry is signed ‘woven in the wool’ (lower right horizontal) with ‘Copper Thunderbird’  in Cree syllabics and hand signed in pencil (on the label at the back) with ‘Norval Morrisseau’. The label is also signed by the publisher.

Note:
1) This tapastry is numbered ‘woven in the wool’ (lower left) and written in pencil (on the label at the back)
2) From the same image a 1975 limited edition print from printmaker “Great Grassland Graphics” exist, click here
3) On the limited edition prints of ”Great Grassland Graphics Company” the printers name is written in the embossing as “Great Grassland Graphics”. Here (as publisher) it’s mentioned as “Grassland Graphics Ltd.” on the label at the back.

Info needed:
– Existance of Artist Proof(s)
– Confirmation image size
– Exact year of publication
– Name of the weaver
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
  promotion material) and additional info or reference material

Thanks to:
– Collecter/Owner for providing me all the info. It made this post possible.

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Tapestry,

My Grandson And The Birds

Medium: Serigraph on paper (S: 3+∙Re∙Ri∙Tpm∙Tpp∙Tse∙Tsa)
Edition size:  Known (S: 3+∙Re∙Ri∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpw)
Artist Proof:  Yes, edition size unknown (S: 1∙Re∙Ri∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpw) (note 1)
Paper size:  Known (S: 3+∙Re∙Ri∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tm)
Image size: Known (S: 2∙Ri∙Tm)
Year:  1978 (S: 3+∙Re∙Ri∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpe) (note 2)
Printmaker:  Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 3+∙Ri∙Tpe)
Code: G78.4

Remark:
This print is from an set of at least 4 Norval Morrisseau prints. The others prints are:
– ’My Granddaughter’, click here;
– ’Ojibway Thunderbird’, click here;
– ‘Bear Spirit, click here;

Note:
1) From ‘Bear Spirit’, ‘My Grandson and the Birds’ of this set, Artist Proofs
    exist.
2) 6 serigraphs of this set observed, 4 of them (the numbered ones) have
    1978 embossings and the 2 AP’s (see note 1) have 1979 embossings.

Info needed:
– Edition size Artist Proof
– Confirmation of the year in embossing (see note 2)
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
  promotion material)
– Additional info or reference material

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Serigraph / Silkscreen,

Self Portrait – Devoured By His Own Passions

Medium: Serigraph on paper (S: 1∙Re∙Tpm∙Tpp∙Tse)
Edition size:  Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tpw∙Tse)
Artist Proof:  Unknown
Paper size:  Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tse∙Tm)
Image size: Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tse∙Tm)
Year:  Unknown (estimate ca 1975) (note 1)
Printmaker:  Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 1∙Re∙Tpe)
Code: GU.5

Image:
General: `Any man who is attched to sence’s (sic) and desires and richs (sic) of this world is like a man who is being devoured by serpents who represents (sic) his own passion and desires`.
Norval Morrisseau on Man and snakes (see remark)

`…[Self-Portrait. Devoured by His Own Pas­sions] showing the artist constant struggle with his own emotions. It is belived that the serpents symbolize duality – good and evil. Five is a magic number often found in Ojibway legends and represents the five basic senses of man`.
Lister Sinclair & Jack Pollock in The Art of  Norval Morrisseau (page 113), 1979, see literature.

`In Self-Portrait, Devoured by His Own Pas­sions, painted in Vancouver last summer, he deals with moralistic Chris­tian guilt over yielding to the pleasures of the world, including masturbation, depicted as an arm that becomes a snake attacking his heart`.
Jon Anderson in Fierce Clarity and Sophistication (Time Magazine, Canadian Edition, page 10), 1975, see literature. Article reprinted in Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland Artists: the Red Lake Years 1959-1980 (page 187), 2008.

Remark:
Made after the 1974 original acrylic on canvas (68 x 57 inches), see literature.

Similar images exist, like Man and Snake, ca 1965 (see page 63 of Norval Morrisseau and the Emergence of The Image Makers, by McLuhan, E., & Hill, T , 1984), or Self-Portrait, Devoured by His Own Demons, 1964  (see page 121 of Norval Morrisseau, Shaman Artist by Hill, G , 2006).

Note:
1) Year not readable in embossing. Original acrilic is from 1974. I have seen no print from Great Grasslands Graphics Company later than 1979, so this print is likely made between 1974-1979.

Literature: 
– Page 113 (original acrylic on Canvas); Sinclair, L., & Pollock, J. (1979). The Art of  Norval Morrisseau.  Toronto, New York, London, Sydney: Methuen.
– Page 10 (original acrylic on Canvas); Anderson, J. (August 25th, 1975). Fierce Clarity and Sophistication. Time Magazine (Canadian Edition).

Info needed:
– Existance of Artist Proof(s)
– Confirmation paper size, image size and edition size
– Exact year of print
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
  promotion material)
– Additional info or reference material

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Serigraph / Silkscreen,

The Visionary

Medium: Serigraph on paper
                 (S: 3+∙Re∙Tpm∙Tpp∙Tsa∙Tse∙Tsm)
Edition size:  Known (S: 3+∙Re∙Ri∙Tpw∙Tsa∙Tse)
Artist Proof:  Yes (edition size unknown) (S: 1∙Re∙Tpw∙Tsa)
Paper size:  Known (S: 2∙Re∙Tse∙Tm, calculated paper/image ratio)
Image size: Known  (S: 2∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tm)
Year:  Unknown (estimate ca 1978) (note 1)
Printmaker:  Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 1∙Re∙Tpe)
Code: GU.4

Remark:
Made after the 1977 original acrylic on canvas (68.5 x 49.5 inches) named “Artist With Thunderbird Vision (The Visionary)”.

The original acrylic was part of the exibition “Magiciens de la Terre” (Magicians of the Earth) held at the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 1989. At this exhibit Morrisseau was photographed with the original in the back.

Note:
1) Year not readable in embossing. Original is from 1977. I have seen no print from Great Grasslands Graphics Company later than 1979, so this print is likely made between 1977-1979.

Literature: 
– Page 137 (original acrylic); Sinclair, L., & Pollock, J. (1979). The Art of  Norval Morrisseau.  Toronto, New York, London, Sydney: Methuen.

Collection: 
– The Dennos Museum Center

Info needed:
– Existance of Artist Proof(s)
– Confirmation paper size
– Exact year of print
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
  promotion material)
– Additional info or reference material

Thanks to:
– Collector in the US, for providing me info on image size and confirmation of the medium and edition size.

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Serigraph / Silkscreen,

Bear Spirit

Medium: Serigraph on paper (S: 3+∙Re∙Ri∙Tpm∙Tpp∙Tse∙Tsa)
Edition size:  Known (S: 3+∙Re∙Ri∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpw)
Artist Proof:  Yes, edition size unknown (S: 2∙Re∙Ri∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpw) (note 1)
Paper size:  Known (S: 3+∙Re∙Ri∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tm)
Image size: Known (S: 2∙Ri∙Tm)
Year:  1978 (S: 3+∙Re∙Ri∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpe) (note 2)
Printmaker:  Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 3+∙Ri∙Tpe)
Code: G78.3

Remark:
This print is from an set of at least 4 Norval Morrisseau prints. The others prints are:
– ’My Granddaughter’, click here;
– ’Ojibway Thunderbird’, click here;
– ‘My Grandson and the Birds’, click here.

Note:
1) From ‘Bear Spirit’, ‘My Grandson and the Birds’ of this set, Artist Proofs
    exist.
2) 6 serigraphs of this set observed, 4 of them (the numbered ones) have
    1978 embossings and the 2 AP’s (see note 1) have 1979 embossings.

Info needed:
– Edition size Artist Proof
– Confirmation of the year in embossing (see note 2)
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
  promotion material)
– Additional info or reference material

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Serigraph / Silkscreen,

Turtleman



Medium:
  Serigraph on paper (S: 3+∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpm∙Tpp)
Edition size:  Known (S: 3+∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpw)
Artist Proof:  Unknown
Paper size:  approx known (S: 3+∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa)
Image size: approx known (S: 1∙Re∙Tse, calculated paper/image ratio)
Year:  Unknown (estimate ca 1977) (S: 1∙Re∙Tln) (note 1)
Printmaker:  Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 1∙Re∙Tln)
Code: GU.3

Note:
1) Source writes the print was exhibited in April 1977 at Wells Gallery and
    presented by Great Grassland Graphics of Winnipeg. It’s likely made in
    1976 or early 1977.

Literature: 
– Page 82; Walker, Kathleen (April 27, 1977). The Citizen article ‘The
  sameness of native art can be boring’.
 Ottawa: The Citizen.
  Exhibit with other artists like Jackson Beardy, Daphne Odjig, Carl Ray and
  Sam Ash.

Info needed:
– Existance of Artist Proof(s)
– Exact paper size
– Exact image size
– Exact year of print
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
  promotion material)
– Additional info or reference material

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Serigraph / Silkscreen,

The Woman And The Fly

Medium:  Serigraph on paper (S: 1∙Re∙Tsa∙Tpm∙Tpp)
Edition size:  Unknow
Artist Proof:  Yes (edition size unkown) (S: 1∙Re∙Tpw∙Tsa)
Paper size:  Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tsa∙Tsm)
Image size: Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tsa∙Tsm, calculated paper/image ratio)
Year:  1975 (S: 1∙Re∙Tsa∙Tpe)
Printmaker:  Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 1∙Re∙Tsa∙Tpe)
Code: G75.6

Remark:
Made after the original acrylic on canvas (48 x 36 inches) named “Visionary Women and Fly”, exhibited at Dominion Gallery, Montreal, 1975. The original was for sale at an auction in February 2012.

Info needed:
– Edition size
– Edition size of Artist Proof(s)
– Confirmation paper size
– Confirmation image size
– Confirmation year of print
– Confirmation name printmaker
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
  promotion material)
– Additional info or reference material

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Serigraph / Silkscreen,

Thunderbird Spirit

Medium:  Serigraph on rag paper (S: 2∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpm∙Tpp)
Edition size:  Known (S: 2∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpw)
Artist Proof:  Unknown
Paper size:  Approx known (S: 2∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa∙∙Tsa)
Image size: Known (S: 2∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa)
Year:  Unknown (estimate ca 1977) (S: 2∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa)  (note 1)
Printmaker:  Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 2∙Re∙Tse∙Tsa∙Tpe)
Code: GU.2

Remark:
The image was used on the back of “Waves, Volume 6, number 3” in black and white.

Note:
1) I have 1 source mentioning it is bought in aug 1977, another one mentioning 1978. It’s probably made in 1977. Confirmation needed.

Info needed:
– Existance of Artist Proof(s)
– Year of print
– Name printmaker
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
  promotion material)
– Additional info or reference material

Thanks to:
– Collector for providing me info on the printmaker in the embossing, medium, estimate of the year, edition size, paper & image size.

Filed under: Great Grassland Graphics, Serigraph / Silkscreen,

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