"My art speaks and will continue to speak, transcending barriers of nationality, language and other forces that may be divisive, fortifying the greatness of the spirit that has always been the foundation of the Ojibwa people."


How Norval Morrisseau Became Copper Thunderbird
How Norval Morrisseau Became Copper Thunderbird

... This is the highest sort of power that can be given to any one that is sick; and that is to give him a new name, a powerful new name. It is just like administering extreme unction, like the Jesuits do almost like a last rite.

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Conquest of the Thunderbird
Conquest of the Thunderbird

Conquest of the Thunderbird In June of 2010, the National Gallery of Canada purchased the painting “Conquest of the Thunderbird” from our gallery. It now becomes part of our shared Canadian culture, and I for one, could not be any more proud to have been a part of making this happen.

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Norval Morrisseau- a true story you never heard before…
Norval Morrisseau- a true story you never heard before…

Sit down and I will tell you a tale. About a painting, a man, and his friends. As told to us by the client who owned the painting “The Young Thunderbird”. The Young Thunderbird It was early 1970’s and I was living in the Beaches in Toronto. It was a time that anything was possible and everything...

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Steffich Fine Art is in LOVE with the Shamanic Art of Norval Morrisseau
Steffich Fine Art is in LOVE with the Shamanic Art of Norval Morrisseau

Did you know Steffich Fine Art has a “thing” for the Shamanic Art of Norval Morrisseau? I did, but until today I never knew why.

If you look around our gallery you will see a little bit of Norval everywhere, he is omnipresent, in fact he is our most requested artist. Despite this, I had never heard the story behind our gallery’s Morrisseau obsession.

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portrait of Norval Morrisseau painting a canvas of birds black and white image

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"I want to make paintings full of colour, laughter, compassion and love. I want to make paintings that will make people happy, that will change the course of people's lives. If I can do that, I can paint for a hundred years."   ~ Norval Morrisseau


Norval morrisseau portrait in his mid years wearing knitted sweater

Films and videos featuring Norval Morrisseau

2019 There Are No Fakes 
DirectorJamie Kastner

2005 A Separate Reality: the Life and Times of Norval Morrisseau 

Carvallo, Paul (Producer), for the Life and Times Canada’s Premiere Biography Series, CBC 

2004 Stories from the 7th Fire “Winter”
Coyes, Greg, animation based on art of Norval Morrisseau 

1990 Shaman Never Die 
Lamothe, Arthur (Director/Producer), Atelier Audio Visuelle, Montreal 
The Originals (film) Norval Morrisseau 
Znaimer, Moses; Jim Hanley, City TV, Toronto, Ontario 

1982 Spirits Speaking Through: Canadian Woodland Artists 
CBC Spectrum Series 

1974 The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau 
Jacobsen, Henning Productions Ltd.; Duke Redbird (Director) 
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development 

1973 The Colours of Pride 
Jacobsen, Henning Productions Ltd. 
National Film Board of Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs

Solo Exhibitions of Norval Morrisseau

Featuring Norval Morrisseau's original artwork during his lifetime.

World Wide Collections of Norval Morrisseau Original Paintings

Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario 
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario 
Art Gallery of Windsor, Toronto, Ontario 
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario 
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Collection 
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario 
Citicorp of Canada Ltd., Toronto, Ontario 
City Hall Collection, Toronto, Ontario 
City of Toronto Collection, Toronto, Ontario 
Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 
Constellation Hotel, Toronto, Ontario 
Crown Life Insurance, Toronto, Ontario 
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Gatineau, Quebec 
Dodd’s Coal Mines, South Edmonton, Alberta 
Etobicoke Board of Education, Etobicoke, Ontario 
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta 
Government of Ontario Collection, Toronto, Ontario 
Guardian Capital Group, Toronto, Ontario 
Hart House Art Gallery, University of Toronto, Ontario 
Humber College Collection, Toronto, Ontario 
Imperial Oil of Canada, Toronto and Calgary 
Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario 
McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario 
Manitoba Centennial Corporation, Winnipeg, Manitoba 
Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec 
Montreal Trust Company Collection 
Musée du Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec 
National Gallery of Canada 
Noranda Mines Collection, Toronto, Ontario 
Noreen Energy Resources Ltd. 
Northern Telecom, Toronto, Ontario 
Oakville Centennial Gallery, Oakville, Ontario 
Ondaatje Corporation, Toronto, Ontario 
Ontario Centennial Committee Collection 
Proctor and Gamble, Toronto, Ontario 
Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba 
Robertson Art Centre, Binghampton, NY 
Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindway, Ontario 
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario 
Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario 
Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia 
The Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario 
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario 
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Right Featured Image - "Four Seasons" Original Painting by Norval Morrisseau

Awards Received by Norval Morrisseau

1995 Eagle Feather from the Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa 

1980 Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree 
McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario 

1978 Order of Canada 

1970 Appointed a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (RCAA)