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Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau was born in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) on March 14, 1931 into the Ojibway Nation.  Morrisseau became a legend in his own time where he accomplished achievements including:

  • Founder of the Woodland School of Art
  • Received the Order of Canada in 1978
  • Received an honourary doctorate from both McGill and McMaster University
  • Had major exhibitions in Canada, United States, Germany, and France
  • Has been called “the Picasso of First Nations artists”.

Norval Morriseau works capture colourful figurative images that are delineated with heavy black lines and X-Ray images.  His work is signed with the syllabic spelling of “Copper Thunderbird”, the name bestowed upon Norval Morrisseau by his Ojibway grandfather.


We are working directly with the London Galleries in promoting the Edwards Collection of 16 Norval Morrisseau works of art.  If you would like to learn more about the Edwards Collection, please visit the London Galleries.


1995 Eagle Feather from the Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa
1980 Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario
1978 Order of Canada
1970 Appointed a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (RCAA)



Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario Art Gallery of Windsor, Toronto, Ontario
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce of Collection
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario Citicorp of Canada Ltd., Toronto, Ontario
City Hall Collection, Toronto, Ontario City of Toronto Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Constellation Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
Crown Life Insurance, Toronto, Ontario Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Gatineau, Quebec
Dodd’s Coal Mines, South Edmonton, Alberta Etobicoke Board of Education, Etobicoke, Ontario
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta Government of Ontario Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Guardian Capital Group, Toronto, Ontario Hart House Art Gallery, University of Toronto, Ontario
Humber College Collection, Toronto, Ontario Imperial Oil of Canada, Toronto and Calgary
Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
Manitoba Centennial Corporation, Winnipeg, Manitoba Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec
Montreal Trust Company Collection Musee du Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec
National Gallery of Canada Noranda Mines Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Noreen Energy Resources Ltd. Northern Telecom, Toronto, Ontario
Oakville Centennial Gallery, Oakville, Ontario Ondaatje Corporation, Toronto, Ontario
Ontario Centennial Committee Collection Proctor and Gamble, Toronto, Ontario
Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba Robertson Art Centre, Binghampton, NY
Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindway, Ontario Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia
The Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario Thunder bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba



2006 The National Gallery, Ottawa Canada
Norval Morrisseau, Shaman ArtistSteffich Fine Art, Salt Spring Island, BC
Norval Morrisseau : Pictorial Legends
2002 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Evolution: Four Decades of Work by Norval Morrisseau 
2001 Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba
Norval Morrisseau: The Red Lake Years
1999 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
Norval Morrisseau, Bridging the Past to the Future
Norval Morrisseau: New Works on Paper
1997 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
Norval Morrisseau: Travels to the House of Invention
1994 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
Honouring First Nations – Norval Morrisseau
1992 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
The Spirit Within: Early  Paintings by Norval MorrisseauJenkins/Showler Galleries, Whiterock, British Columbia
1991 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
Norval MorrisseauWallack Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
1990 Kinsman Robinson Galleries Toronto, Ontario
Norval Morrisseau: The Shaman’s Return
1989 The Art Emporium, Vancouver, British Columbia
1988 Sinclair Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia
1987 Gulf Canada Gallery, Alberta
1984 Ontario North Now, Ontario Place, Toronto, OntarioLibrary AA Gallery, Brampton, Ontario
1983 Art Imperial Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Native American Centre for the Living Arts, Niagara   Falls, N.Y., USAThunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian ArtThunder Bay, Ontario
Norval Morrisseau: Recent Work
1982 Robertson Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Norval Morrisseau
The New Man Gallery, London, OntarioNexus Art Gallery, Toronto, OntarioMoore Gallery Ltd., Hamilton, OntarioMasters Gallery, Calgary, AlbertaScarborough Public Library, OntarioLegacy Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1981 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, OntarioAnthony’s Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British ColumbiaThunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian ArtThunder Bay, Ontario
1980 Canadian Galleries, Edmonton, AlbertaBayard Gallery, New York, N.Y, USA
1979 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, OntarioOakville Centennial, Gairloch Galleries, Oakville, OntarioThe Gallery Stratford, Stratford, OntarioCardigan-Milne Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1978 First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario
1977 The Pollock Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Norval Morrisseau, Copper Thunderbird – Man Who Became a ThunderbirdGraphic Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1976 Pollock Gallery Toronto, OntarioOakville Centennial Gairloch Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
1975 Shayne Gallery, Montreal, QuebecPollock Gallery, Toronto, OntarioGallery 115, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1974 Beau-xi Gallery, Toronto, OntarioPollock Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1972 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1969 Gallerie Saint-Paul, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
Norval Morrisseau: Peintre indien du Grand Nord Canadien
1967 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, OntarioLa Galerie Cartier, Montreal, Quebec
1966 Musee du Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec
1965 Galerie Agnes Lefort, Montreal, Quebec
Images Du Folklore Indien – Norval Morrisseau, An Ojibway ArtistHart House Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
1964 Red Door Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1962-63 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, Ontario



2005 A Separate Reality: the Life and Times of Norval Morrisseau
Carvallo, Paul (Producer), for the Life and Times Canada’s Premiere Biography Series, CBC
2004 Stories from the 7th Fire Winter
Coyes, Greg, animation based on art of Norval Morrisseau
1990 Shaman Never Die
Lamothe, Arthur (Director/Producer), Atelier Audio Visuelle, MontrealThe Originals (film) Norval Morrisseau
Znaimer, Moses; Jim Hanley, City TV, Toronto, Ontario
1982 Spirits Speaking Through: Canadian Woodland Artists
CBC Spectrum Series
1974 The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau
Jacobsen, Henning Productions Ltd.; Duke Redbird (Director)Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
1973 The Colours of Pride
Jacobsen, Henning Productions Ltd.National Film Board of Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs

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