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An absolutely stunning painting of what is possible with acrylics is Canadian artist Richard Ferrier's (1929-) Madawaska River.

It is a superb example of landscape art that rivals the best of the work of Canada's Group of Seven.

It shows an absolute master at work at controlling the acrylic paints on his palette to execute a scene familiar to many Canadians who have ventured beyond Canada's urban areas.

Madawaska River - Richard Ferrier
Orig. acrylic - Image Size - 45 x 60 cm
Found - Toronto, ON

A typical acrylic on canvas surface - from Norval's paintings - shows the weave texture in places where the paint is thinly applied.

In other areas, the paint is thick in swirls, just like you will find in oil paintings.

Acrylic paints have never been known to fade, crack, or yellow, in the 60 years they have been in use. They are non-toxic and water based.

Many oil based paints are manufactured using toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, aresenate, and cobalt, that have harmful health effects.

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Another absolutely fabulous example of Norval Morrisseau's work in acrylics.

Acrylic paintings on canvas, like oils, need stretchers to keep the surface of the canvas taut.

When they are very large, like many of Norval's works, cross-bracing is needed.

Both works are signed in typical Morrisseau style from the 1970s, when Norval did, by far, his best work.

After that his demons and increasing physical infirmities had negative impacts on his ability to do his best.


Journey from Circle of Embodyment, 1977 - Norval Morrisseau
Orig. acrylic on canvas - Size - 51h" x 56w"
Found - Pickering, ON
Signed, front syllabics; back, Journey from Circle of Embodyment, Norval Morrisseau c 1977
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An absolutely fabulous example of Norval Morrisseau at his peak of performance as, not only Canada's most famous, most original, and most accomplished Aboriginal artist, but one of Canada's top painters of all time.

Norval was the first to paint the legends and myths of the Eastern Woodland First Nations people, which previously had been passed on only by oral tradition.

His painting gave visual form to stories that previously had only been expressed verbally, and exported them from the woods and remote villages of Northern Ontario, across Canada and around the world.

Acrylics are virtually impossible to tell apart from oils. But modern artists use them because of the danger of toxic effects artists suffer over long exposure to oil paints.

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Legend of the Fish, 1976 - Norval Morrisseau
Orig. acrylic on canvas - Size - 36" x 63.5"
Found - Pickering, ON
Signed, front syllabics, on back Norval Morrisseau 1976 The Fish

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