Norval Morrisseau's signature style of black lines and bright colours is evident in this work called 'Androgyny'
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Norval Morrisseau’s paintings allegedly at the centre of a fraud ring

Two well-known Canadians are suing a Toronto art dealer for allegedly selling them fake Norval Morrisseau paintings.

The singer, John McDermott, and keyboard-player for the Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn, are suing Joseph McLeod and the Maslak-McLeod Gallery.  Jonathan Sommer, their laywer said, in an interview with CBC, the paintings likely originated in a fraud ring operating out of Thunder Bay, Ontario.  And he intends to prove it.

Norval Morrisseau was known as the ‘Picasso of the North.  His paintings are on display in galleries across Canada. Born in Northern Ontario in 1932, he died in 2007, when allegations of fake paintings in circulation were already beginning to threaten his legacy.

There have been investigations but so far nothing has been proven.  McLeod’s lawyer, Brian Shiller, defended his client saying, “Those paintings are authentic works of art by Norval Morrisseau and Mr. McLeod stands by his appraisal that they are.”

 

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One comment on “Norval Morrisseau’s paintings allegedly at the centre of a fraud ring
  1. Avatar Ross Zammit says:

    I have read and studied all about Norval Morrisseau and all of this is cause some starving artist and galleries want to sell their works. If someone was going to produce fakes why would that someone make more evidence of work that Norval did not do by titling and signing the back. A faker would leave less evidence by just to sign the front only in native writing.