A Picasso in the North Country: The Wild Journey of Canadian Artist, Norval Morrisseau
author - James R. Stevens
hard cover - 240 pages - 7 x 10 inches
190 colour images
Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, 2011
ISBN - 9-780986548-21-5
The brilliant and wild painting journey of Canadian artist, Norval Morrisseau is an epic in the international world of art. Norval painted at least 10 000 images during a 45 year career marked by alcoholism and addiction. Norval was an intelligent complex man caught between an ancient forest world and a westernized industrial America. He was unschooled and born into poverty at a small hamlet on the shore of Lake Nipigon in Canada during the Great Depression of the 1930's. The odds that he would survive childhood were against him. He overcame huge obstacles in his path to command respect from all artist. His fascinating story as a painter of abandon will amuse and fluster readers as he rides his tsunami wave to fame.