Art Collection

 Artist Information

Accession # 2001.002.01

Artist: Norval Morrisseau

Title: Thunderbirds

Date of artwork:

Object Type: Print


Height: 66.5

Width: 51.5


Description: Multi-colured, patterened stylized abstract print with birds, heads, talons etc. Framed with double mats- inner brown outer white, light copper metal frame glazed.

Artist Biographical Info: Norman Henry Morrisseau (Copper Thunderbird)

Date of Birth March 14th, 1993, Port Arthur, Ontario Canada

Residence: Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

Artists C.V.:

 Group Exhibitions

1993 Art of the Anishnabe: Works from the Permanent Collection
          Thunder Bay, ON
1989 Woodlands: Contemporary Art of the Anishnabe
          Thunder Bay, ON
1987 A Celebration of Contemporary Native Art
          Los Angeles, CA
          O.M. Show, Santa Barbara, CA
1986 C-I-L Art Collection, Burlington, ON
          New Beginnings, Toronto, ON
          Summer Exhibition, Toronto, ON
          The Shaman Art of Morrisseau and Marion, Toronto, ON
          The Birch Bark Sings, Toronto, ON
          Manulife Centre, Edmonton AB
1985 Manulife Centre Edmonton, AB
          The Spirit and the Smoke: The Art of Michael Robinson
          Thunder Bay, ON
          Two Worlds, Regina, SK
          Of Dreams, Legends and Realities, Scarborough, ON
1984 The Native Loyalists, Belleville, ON
          The Best of Our Collections, Brantford, ON
          Norval Morrisseau and the Emergence of the Image Maker
          Toronto, ON
1983-85 Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada
          Travelled in United States and Canada
1983 Indian Art '83, Brantford, ON
          New Growth from Ancestral Roots, Willowdale, ON
          Contemporary Indian Art at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, ON
1982 Moore Gallery, Hamilton, ON
          Second National Native Art Auction, Toronto, ON
          Masterworks of Contemporary Indian Art, Thunder Bay, ON
1981 Native Art Auction, Toronto, ON
1980 Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, AB
          Lynnwood Arts Centre, Simcoe, ON
1979 Indian Art '79, Brantford, ON
          Thunder Bay National Exhibition, Thunder Bay, ON
          Kinder Des Nanabush, Hamburg, West Germany
1978 Morrisseau/Thomas/Odjig, Toronto, ON
          Art of the Woodland Indian, Kleinburg, ON
          Images of Man in Canadian Painting, London, ON
          Glen-Alberta Institute, Calgary, AB
          Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
          Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
          Beaverbrook Art Gallery, St. Johns, NB
          Thunder Bay National Exhibition, Thunder Bay, ON
          Timmins Museum and National Exhibition Centre
          Timmins, ON
          St. Thomas Art Gallery, St. Thomas, ON
          North Bay Art Association, North Bay, ON
1977 Painting Now, Kingston, ON
          Modern Native Canadian Art, Kingston, ON
          Contemporary Indian Art - The Trail From the Past to
          the Future, Peterborough, ON
          Programme, Trent University, Peterborough, ON
          McMichael Canadian Collection, Algoma, ON
          Queen's Park, Toronto, ON
          Links to a Tradition - Travel to Brazil
1976 Contemporary Native Art Of Canada - The Woodland Indians,
          London, England & Lahr, Germany
1975 Dominion Gallery, Montreal, PQ
          Wallack Gallery, Ottawa, ON
          Professional Native Indian Artists, Vancouver, BC
          Bergens Kunsfoeing, Bergen, Norway
1974 McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, ON
          Canadian Indian Art '74, Toronto, ON
          Contemporary Native Arts of Ontario, Oakville, ON
1973 Canadian Contemporary Painting, Waterloo, ON
          Canadian Indian Painting, Toronto, ON
          Eaton's, Winnipeg, MB
1971 Festival of Canada, Binghamton, NY
1967 Expo '67, Montreal, PQ
1965 University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON
1963 Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery, Kitchener, ON
          Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

 Solo Exhibitions

2001 Canada House, Banff, AB
2000 Canada House, Banff, AB
1999 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, ON
1996 Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC
1992 Jenkins-Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC
1990 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, ON
1989 The Art Emporium, Vancouver, BC
1988 Sinclair Centre, Vancouver, BC
1987 Gulf Canada Gallery, Alberta
1984 Ontario North Now, Toronto, ON
          Library AA Gallery, Brampton, ON
1983 Art Imperial Gallery, Toronto, ON
          Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre, Thunder Bay, ON
1982 Moore Gallery Ltd, Hamilton, ON
          Masters Gallery, Ottawa, ON
          Robertson Gallery, Ottawa, ON
          Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough, ON
          Legacy Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
1981 Anthony's Gallery, Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC
          Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre, Thunder Bay, ON
1979 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
          The Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
          Cardigan - Milne Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1978 First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON
1977 Graphic Gallery, Vancouver, BC
          Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1976 Gallery 115, Winnipeg, MB
          Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1975 Shayne Gallery, Montreal, PQ
          Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1974 Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
          Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1972 Retrospective, Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1967 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1966 St. Paul De Bence, France
1965 Hart House Gallery, Toronto, ON
1963 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON
1962 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON

 Description of the art work / Artist Statement

Norval Morrisseau is well associated with the Thunderbird.  Morrisseau describes being given the name of "Copper Thunderbird" when, as a youth, he needed help to overcome an illness. The thunderbird is an image which represents a protector or a powerful guardian. The substance "copper" joined with the beliefs associated with the thunderbird results in a very powerful combination. This Thunderbird clearly radiates "power" from his eye and wing tips.

 Relevance to Canadian Art

 Other Collections

Art Gallery of Windsor
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce of Collection
Davies Ward and Beck, Toronto, ON
Dodd's Coal Mines, South Edmonton, AB
Department of Indian & Northern Affairs
Noranda Mines Collection, Toronto, ON
Etobicoke Board of Education, Etobicoke, ON
Guardian Capital Group, Toronto, ON
Hart House Art Gallery, University of Toronto,
Humber College Collection, Toronto, ON
Montreal Trust Company Collection
Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, ON
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
Canada Council Art Bank of Commerce, Toronto, ON
Osler, Hoskin, & Harcourt LLP, Toronto, ON
Ontario Centennial Committee Collection
Sayers and Associates, Toronto, ON
Proctor and Gamble, Toronto, ON
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
Robertson Art Centre, Binghampton, NY
The Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec
The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, ON
The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Wonder Street, Toronto, ON
The Constellation Hotel, Toronto, ON
The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
Seneca College, Toronto, ON
Citicorp of Canada Ltd., Toronto, ON
Alson Hymas Collection, Toronto, ON
Manufacturers Hanover leasing Ltd., Toronto, ON
Musee du Quebec, Quebec City, PQ
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
Gordon Jones Programming Ltd., Toronto, ON
Faith Hanks Collection
Bernhard Cinadar Collection, Toronto, ON
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, ON
City of Toronto Collection, Toronto, ON
Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, PEI
Constellation Hotel, Toronto, ON
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon H. Jones, Toronto, ON
Gerry Moses Collection, Toronto, ON
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Landauer
Louis Charles Collection, Toronto, ON
Michael Marx Collection, Toronto, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, PQ
Montreal Trust Company Collection
Musee du Quebec, Quebec City, PQ
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, ON
Mr. and Mrs. John Payne
Noreen Energy Resources Ltd.
Richard H. Baker Collection, Toronto, ON
Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
Mrs. David S. Robertson
Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Rodney
Ruth Johnson Collection, Toronto, ON
The Browns Collections
Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
The Toronto Star, Toronto, ON
Thunder Bay Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art, Thunder Bay, ON


Brown, Bill.  "Copper Thunderbird: An Ojibway Paints His People's Past." Weekend Magazine. No.47, 1962.

Dafoe, Craig.  "Such a Long Journey."  The Globe and Mail. 10 April, 1999.

Dewdney, Selwyn, and Kenneth E. Kidd.  Indian Rock Paintings of the Great Lakes. 2nd ed Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1967.

Glenbow-Alberta Institute.  The Art of Norval Morrisseau : The Writings of Basil Johnston. Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1999.

Kinsman-Robinson Galleries.  Norval Morrisseau Exhibition : Honouring First Nations, May 7-31, 1994.  Toronto: Kinsman-Robinson Galleries, 1994.

McLuhan, Elizabeth, and Tom Hill.  Norval Morrisseau and the Emergence of the Image Makers.  Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1984.

Morrisseau, Norval.  Legends of My People The Great Ojibway.  Toronto: Ryerson, 1965.

Morrisseau, Norval.  Travels to the House of Invention.  Toronto: Key Porter, 1997.

The National Film Board of Canada.  (2 videocassettes)  The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau.  The Colors of Pride.  Ottawa: National Film Board of Canada, 1995.

Schwarz, Herbert T.  Windigo and Other Tales of the Ojibways.  Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1969.

Sinclair, Lister, and Jack Pollock. The Art of Norval Morrisseau. Toronto: Methuen, 1979.

Thunder Bay Gallery.  The Helen E. Band Collection of First Nations Art : From the Permanent Collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1998.


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