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Morrisseau, Norval
Soul Vision Soul Vision
Around 1978 Around 1978

Norval Morrisseau is one of Canada’s most celebrated Indigenous artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Born 14 March 1931 and from the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Sand Point First Nation, Jean-Baptiste Norman Henry Morrisseau known by his Anishinaabek name as Copper Thunderbird (ᒥᐢᒁᐱᐦᐠ ᐊᓂᒥᐦᑮ [Miskwaabik Animikii] unpointed: ᒥᐢᑿᐱᐠ ᐊᓂᒥᑭ) was one of the most influential and prolific Indigenous two-spirit artists of his time. Morrisseau was most noted for his establishment of the Woodlands School (also called Medicine painting or Legends painting) having had his first exhibition in 1962. Morrisseau’s technique was distinguishable by his x-ray style of painting which related the internal being or spiritual and social connectedness of his subjects.

“Soul Vision” (around 1978) is one of a limited-editioned series of serigraph prints depicting the portraiture of a figure with their left profile facing-forward and a pronounced lock of hair hanging before their face. The left eye prominently gazes—fixed on both the viewer and in a slightly downward direction—suggestive that the figure is both present and elsewhere.

 
Morrisseau, Norval
Beardmore ON 1932-Toronto ON 2007 Beardmore ON 1932-Toronto ON 2007
Soul Vision Soul Vision
Around 1978 Around 1978
Serigraph on paper, 12/93 Serigraph on paper, 12/93
64.9 x 47.3 cm (image); 76.2 x 55.7 cm (sheet)
Gift of David Clare, 2019 Gift of David Clare, 2019
62-014.01

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