Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau, "Carl", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 63.5 x 51 cm, 25 x 20 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Cosmic Children 1", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17 ½ inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Image of David on the Astral Plane", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 35¾ x 16 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Inner Self", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17 ½ inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Shaman", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 65 x 51 cm, 25 ½ x 20 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Thinking of Fishes", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 51 x 41 cm, 22 x 16 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Water Spirit", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 46 x 76 cm, 18 x 30 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Soul Floating in Cosmic Sea", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 65 x 66 cm, 18 x 30 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Spirit Within Each", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 64 x 51 cm, 25 x 20 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Discipline", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 86 x 66 cm, 34 x 26 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Just Be Bird Forms", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 76 x 63.5 cm, 30 x 25 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Simplicity", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 51 x 66 cm, 20 x 26 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Spiritual Vision", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 86 x 63.5 cm, 34 x 25 inches. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre
Norval Morrisseau, "Fish Unity in the Cosmic Sea", undated, Serigraphy on paper, 48 x 66 cm, 19 x 26 inches.

Norval Morrisseau
Carl, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 63.5 x 51 cm, 25 x 20 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Cosmic Children 1, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17 ½ inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Cosmic Children 2, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17 ½ inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Image of David on the Astral Plane, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 35¾ x 16”
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Inner Self, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17 ½ inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Outer Self, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 61 x 44 cm, 24 x 17 ½ inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Shaman, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 65 x 51 cm, 25 ½ x 20 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Thinking of Fishes, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 51 x 41 cm, 22 x 16 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Water Spirit, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 46 x 76 cm, 18 x 30 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Soul Floating in Cosmic Sea, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 65 x 66 cm, 18 x 30 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Spirit Within Each, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 64 x 51 cm, 25 x 20 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Discipline, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 86 x 66 cm, 34 x 26 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Just Be Bird Forms, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 76 x 63.5 cm, 30 x 25 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Simplicity, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 51 x 66 cm, 20 x 26 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Spiritual Vision, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 86 x 63.5 cm, 34 x 25 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Thunderbird in Astral Protection, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 86 x 63.5 cm, 34 x 25 inches
Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Norval Morrisseau
Fish Unity in the Cosmic Sea, undated
Serigraphy on paper, 48 x 66 cm, 19 x 26 inches

Norval Morrisseau (1931-2007) was a highly influential Indigenous Canadian artist who developed the distinctive painting style known as the Woodland School. Inspired by traditional systems of pictographic communication, Morrisseau’s expressive lines and vibrant colours communicate aspects of his Anishinaabe worldview. This innovative approach, which became Morrisseau’s signature style, was adapted and personalized by subsequent generations of artists.

Also known as Copper Thunderbird, Norval Morrisseau was born on the Sand Point First Nations Reserve near Thunder Bay, Ontario. His work has been collected by numerous institutions including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Royal Ontario Museum, the MacLaren Art Centre and the National Gallery of Canada, where he was the first Indigenous artist to have a major retrospective in 2006. Morrisseau was named a Member of the Order of Canada and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and to this day remains one of Canada’s best-known artists. 

Morrisseau’s work represents enduring values of Anishinaabe culture including shamanism, the interconnection between all living things and the importance of family. This selection of serigraphs from the MacLaren’s collection highlights the spiritual symbolism of animals in his oeuvre, as well as personal themes of self and transformation. Images of the artist caught between cultures, vacillating between two worlds, recur in his work. For Morrisseau, artmaking was a lifelong exploration of his own identity.