Owner Interview: 1968 Norval Morrisseau Paintings
INTERVIEWER: So, Ivan, you've just finished talking to Colleene about your paintings. Tell us a little bit more about your acquisition story, how you came to have them, there's some drama there.
Well, I inherited it from my dad. These paintings were given to my father as a thank you gift by the artist for saving his life. My dad was up in Canada hunting moose. He was coming from Longlac to Geraldton in a really bad snowstorm. It was like 20 below, and the Canadian snowstorms can be violent. As he was driving, he saw this fellow walking the other direction stumbling. My dad continued on, he's a relatively fearless man, and he thought, no, he says, there's something wrong with that guy, and he turned around and went back, the guy was lying in the snow face down. They warmed him up, put him to bed, got him heated up, and the next morning he woke up and told my father he wanted to thank him, wanted to paint a painting for him. And again they were, it's a very early part of this gentleman's career. My mother and father never thought it was all that attractive. And for 14 years it sat in the basement behind my dad's gun rack.
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