Wednesday 10 August 2011

New Morrisseau Exhibition Set To Open At The McMichael Gallery

30 Painting Exhibition from the Permanent Collection
Legends: Norval Morrisseau and Woodland Artists
Opens August 27, 2011 to January 2012

Kleinburg, On ... A new 30 painting exhibition, drawn from the McMichael Canadian Art Collections Permanent Collection, will open at the gallery on August 27th and will run until January 2012. The exhibition, which looks at how the works of the late Norval Morrisseau has influenced Canadian Woodland Artists, is curated by the McMichael's Chris Finn.
First Nations artist Norval Morrisseau is celebrated for establishing a style of art that became known as the Woodland School. The intuitive use of bright, pure colour shapes contained within black form lines is a deliberate attempt by the artist to communicate cultural beliefs and values to the viewer using colour. Other First Nations artists are similarly motivated through their creation of unique and significant art forms.


The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of more than 5,700 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations, and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students and $30 for families. There is a $5 fee for parking. For more information about the gallery, visit

Spirit Fish
Carl Ray (1943-1978), Spirit Fish, c. 1975, acrylic on canvas, 61.4 x 76.7 cm, Purchase 1975, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1975.32.2


For further information or to receive images, contact:

Stephen Weir, Publicist
Gallery: 905.893.1121 ext. 2529
Toronto Office: 416.489.5868
Cell: 416.801.3101