Sunshine (1985) Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau
Acrylic on canvas, 72″ x24″, 1985

Astrology was foundational to Morrisseau’s metaphysical philosophy. It provided him with symbolically charged imagery to re-interpret nature’s cycles as they expressed themselves in his life. To Morrisseau Astrology was a very personal science.

“Sunshine” was an energy Copper Thunderbird required. He identified “Sunshine” as the First Cornerstone, the Spring Solstice, the Aries and the Morning Star. “Sunshine” heralds emergence, hope and the beginning of a new cycle of inspiration.

This archetype was Morrisseau’s ecstatic muse and an essential driving force in his work. The portrait above entitled “Sunshine” is a snapshot of “Tala”, glorified into Godlike status by Morrisseau. This painting was created at the Richmond Street Morrisseau Studio in Toronto, 1985.