HOW NORVAL MORRISSEAU, LATE ‘PICASSO OF THE NORTH,’ LANDED AT CENTRE OF MASSIVE ART FORGERY RING

Norval Morrisseau (Copper Thunderbird) is a Canadian art icon known for his vivid paintings that blend traditional Indigenous themes with contemporary materials.

A new documentary There Are No Fakes explores what the filmmaker Jamie Kastner says could be the largest art fraud scam in Canadian history. (Cave 7 Productions Inc.)

Norval Morrisseau (Copper Thunderbird) is a Canadian art icon known for his vivid paintings that blend traditional Indigenous themes with contemporary materials.

The Anishinaabe artist died in 2007, but during his lifetime he became known as the grandfather of Indigenous art in Canada and the “Picasso of the North.”

Toward the end of his life, Morrisseau was the centre of a strange controversy involving an alleged forgery ring that attempted to pass off possibly 3,000 fake paintings as originals. It all started with an unlikely person: Kevin Hearn of the band Barenaked Ladies.

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