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December 6, 2007
Passing of Norval Morrisseau
Toronto Mayor David Miller issued the following statement on behalf of all Torontonians on the passing of artist Norval Morrisseau on Tuesday, December 4, 2007.

“One of Canada’s most talented and inspiring artists passed away this week in Toronto at aged 75. The people of this great city offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends and all those who grew to appreciate this talented man and his inspiring works of art.

“Born near Thunder Bay, Mr. Morrisseau defined First Nations art in Canada. A member of the Order of Canada and often referred to as the ‘Picasso of the north,’ Mr. Morrisseau’s paintings proudly grace the walls of City Hall today.

“One, ‘Ancestral Figure with Spirit Helpers’ is an acrylic on canvas (five panels). The other, ‘Design for City Hall Mural Competition (1976)’ is poster paint on board. Both were purchased by the City in the 1970s.

“‘Ancestral Figure with Spirit Helpers’ is on display on the second floor of City Hall and is incredibly inspiring and beautiful in its vibrancy.

“The Toronto Government is proud to have these works of in its collection. Art is appreciated over time; Norval Morrisseau’s art has been appreciated from the moment the public had the pleasure of seeing it. He has left a legacy for all of Canada to be proud of.”

Media contact:

Don Wanagas, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7134



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