The Sun, the Bird and the Fish (c.1960) Norval Morrisseau

(Untitled) The Sun, the Bird and the Fish
Norval Morrisseau
 oil on moose hide stretched on willow, c.1957-1963, 26″ x 13″

I am a shaman-artist. Traditionally, a shaman’s role was to transmit power and the vibrating forces of the spirit through objects known as talismans. In this particular case, a talisman is something that apparently produces effects that are magical and miraculous. My paintings are also icons; that is to say, they are images which help focus on spiritual powers, generated by traditional belief and wisdom. I also regard myself as a kind of spiritual psychologist. I bring together and promote the ultimate harmony of the physical and the spiritual world.

Norval Morrisseau