By Armand Garnet Ruffo
Norval Morrisseau’s respected paintings has been honoured, copied and well-known during the paintings international and past. much less well known yet both pleasing is the artist’s own lifestyles tale, which poet and biographer Armand Garnet Ruffo similar in his strong narrative biography, Norval Morrisseau: guy turning into Thunderbird (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014). Ruffo immersed himself within the lifestyles and paintings of the artist, gaining perception into the struggles and assets of concept underlying Morrisseau’s maximum works via examine and interviews with the artist himselfa connection extra bolstered by way of their shared Ojibway heritage.
His long examine of Morrisseau encouraged Ruffo to put in writing poems reflecting on either the artistic endeavors and the emotional context during which Morrisseau painted them. Thunderbird Poems enhances the hugely evocative and poetic biography, delving into Morrisseau’s inventive lifestyles via compressed, imagistic language, whereas untangling the complicated and strong threads of that means, culture and emotional strength that resonate all through Morrisseau’s powerful strains and colourful colours.
Significant subject matters in Morrisseau’s paintings are reflected in Thunderbird Poems: Ojibway legends, Morrisseau’s conflicted non secular ideals, political tensions among white and aboriginal Canadians. major moments in Morrisseau’s lifestyles also are traced besides the advance of his inventive profession. Deeply immersed in Morrisseau’s existence tale, and owning thorough wisdom of the Ojibway storytelling traditions which grounded lots of the artist’s ideals and creativity, Ruffo offers clean poetic interpretations of the main well known and amazing works of 1 of Canada’s such a lot celebrated painters.