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Inspirational Artists: Indian Group of Seven - Norval Morrisseau


Like Duke Redbird, Morrisseau (Copper Thunderbird) was Ojibwa First Nation artist. He was a Shaman who painted in a unique style which blended woodland, urban, man and animal and presented a fresh imagery which went on to influence many artists who followed his hick black outlines and bright colours of his.brushstrokes.

Known as the "Picasso of the North", Morrisseau created works capturing the legends deep spirituality and mysticism of his people. He became a prominent member of a group of indigenous artist known as the 'Indian Group of Seven'.Norval is founder of a Canadian-originated school of art called Woodland or sometimes Legend or Medicine painting. His work is influential on a group of younger Ojibwe and Cree artists, such as Blake Debassige, Tom Chee Chee, Leland Bell


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