Calling All Canadians…
Call us immediately!!!
UPDATES MADE Dec. 2,2014
Or report to the authorities, if you have you seen the two men below, in your neighbourhood.
They are allegedly on a mission of destruction of genuine Morrisseau paintings…
According to the claims of a leading Ottawa, Ontario, art gallery curator***, Ritchie Sinclair and Bryant Ross, are on a cross-Canada tour of destruction. Based on what Sinclair allegedly personally told him, they are on a mission travelling across Canada to gather up and destroy genuine Norval Morrisseau art.
*** Yes I do know the name of the curator, but for the present will keep his identity secret. I have personally spoken to him at length about Morrisseau fakes. I believe that he is sincere in the allegations he makes about the Sinclair and Ross mission of destruction.
Which is why I am issuing this Amber Alert!
Have you seen either of these men, skulking around in your neighbourhood?
Have there been suspicious knocks on your door, late at night?
Are there Peeping Toms, creeping around your house in the dark?
Are there suspicious-looking men, in Davy Crockett costumes, accosting your children in the yard?
Are Morrisseau BDPs*** that were hanging in your living room, suddenly missing?
Have you seen smoke rising, from a suspicious fire in your back yard?
Protect yourself, your property, and do your bit to protect Canada’s Art Heritage, and the artistic legacy of Norval Morrisseau from the willful destruction of these two malicious vandals. Report to us any such destructive activity related to Morriseau BDPs that you become aware of.
*** Black Drybrush Paintings: Sinclair and Ross have both, for years associated themselves with targeting as so-called “fakes,” 1970s style Norval Morrisseau paintings from the famous Aboriginal artist’s “high period,” when he routinely signed, titled, and dated the backs of thousands of his paintings in Black Drybrush Paint (BDP), so producing a distinctive and large BDP signature, and the attendant HOAX, which is what my blog is all about.
Specifically, according to the Ottawa gallery curator, Sinclair told him that he and Bryant Ross are reported to be:
– travelling across Canada on a hunt for BDPs in private hands,
– ferreting out and contacting any people who have Morrisseau BDPs in their homes, offices, collections, etc.
– convincing them that they are some kind of art experts, and longtime associates of Norval Morrisseau,
– telling them they have been authorized to target BDPs as worthless forgeries, that have zero worth or value,
– that they have been delegated to find all such BDPs, confiscate them, and destroy them, and
– convincing people they have a duty to turn over any Morrisseau BDP art they own, to them, for safe-keeping, and authorized destruction.
Compromising Point of Interest: If there are two more discredited people, than Sinclair and Ross, in the Canadian Morrisseau fine art market, they do not exist, except as business associates and promoters of these two longtime cultural vandals.
In 2010, Ross became famous as a slash and burn artist when, in public, before the television cameras, he painted a destructive X across “Water Spirits 1979” a genuine Morrisseau BDP. In fact he had previously been vainly trying to sell if for years, for $12,500, on his corporate website, on ebay, and at Seahawk Auctions, as one of his “directly from the artist” acquisitions.
And then it gets worse… In fact in December 2007, when Ross had the painting up for sale, Sinclair wrote an effusively praising comment about “Water Spirits 1979,” by email to a Morrisseau website.
“And a beautiful Morrisseau it (“Water Spirits 1979”) is – so embued (sic) with Vision!” (on Dec. 24, 2007).
A year later Sinclair requested that his praising email be expunged from the public record in the archives of the website. The webmaster refused.
OK, you say, we’ve all got ex-wives we were once smitten with, and now wish would just go far, far away. Fine. But public decency – oh and the law – dictates that you are not allowed to publicly defame them, or abuse and desecrate them with paint, or burn or otherwise destroy them, just because you’ve had a change of heart. They may have value to someone else.
Where did these two malicious art vandals get their idea for their incendiary, slash and burn mission of destruction?
No doubt from the notoriously spurious and destructive Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS), set up by Donald Robinson in 2005, as a branch plant operation of Toronto’s Kinsman Robinson Galleries.
I reported, almost two years ago, that the NMHS, I believe, under instructions from Donald Robinson, has probably – almost certainly – burned – or deliberately caused to disappear, permanently from the prying eyes of experts – the highly important Wanker 16*** – all of which I absolutely believe to be genuine 1970s style Morrisseau BDPs, authentically signed, titled, and dated on the back, with Norval’s signature Black Drybrush technique.
*** The Wanker 16 (an acronym for WANGKR from Wang and Kinsman Robinson Galleries) refers to 16 of 31 genuine Morrisseau BDPs that Donald Robinson bought from Randy Potter auctions in early 2000, for $54,000.
Then, mysteriously and inexplicably, a year later, he suddenly started to call them all fakes, but did NOT return them for a refund. Why not?
(At the time he bought the Wanker 31 Robinson claimed to me personally – and to many others at the auction – to have been the world expert in Morrisseau paintings, that he vetted them as authentic, that we could trust his verifications, that “he wrote the book on Morrisseau,” had been dealing in his paintings for at least 15 years, and passed himself off as the Principal Morrisseau Dealer.)
Robinson sold half of the Wanker 31 – he told Judge Martial, for “a small profit,” which at KRG usually involves a mark-up of 555% to 595% – to unsuspecting buyers and gave the ones he couldn’t sell to the NMHS to use as “fake detectors.”
Robinson even had a nerdy statistician, Professor Wang, ensconced deep in the bowels of the far off Pennsylvania State University’s statistics lab, where they don’t have a clue what goes on in the outside world, let alone in Canada, devise a computer model of the so-called “fakes” Robinson put in front of him, to use as a supposed measuring stick for detecting supposed future fakes. They were, you guessed it, 16 Morrisseau BDPs – now you’re beginning to catch on – the Wanker 16.
So, what the well-meaning, but gullible professor, and his nerdy mathematician cohorts inadvertently ended up devising, of course, was a computer model of a genuine Morrisseau BDP, NOT of a Morrisseau fake at all, which Donald and Paul Robinson had told the Wang crowd they were supposedly working with.
Wang published a report full of enough signs, co-signs, tangents, graphs, to make anyone’s head swim, but not the photos of his source paintings. And these, despite repeated calls for academic transparency, and disclosure, he kept totally secret. He clearly had his orders from the contracting client, Donald and Paul Robinson, of Toronto’s Kinsman Robinson Galleries to shut up.
Clearly the good Dr. Wang had no intention of losing the tens of thousands of dollars KRG had paid him to produce the spurious “fakes” computer model. Just because of a little thing like academic transparency and research data disclosure.
But let’s not be too hard on the professor. I am certain he had no clue what was going on or what his lab was really being asked to produce, when KRG and Donald Robinson came knocking on his door with a pile of Morrisseau paintings asking him to “digitize these – this half is real; this half is fake – measure them up separately, and give me a print out.”
I am certain Wang had never even heard of Morrisseau before. But I can hear Donald Robinson assuring him. “Oh, don’t worry, my associates and I will give you all the “input” you will ever need.”
Wang credited his input sources: Donald Robinson, his son Paul Robinson, one of their business associates, the stockbroker John Zemanovich, the Kinsman Robinson Galleries – that’s the Robinson shop -, and the members of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society, an organization Robinson had set up and picked the members for.
Queen of a Day – In fact years later Zemanovich was picked as an NMHS member until this blog and Ugo Matulic’s pointed out the unethical and clearly conniving business connection. Zemanovich was delisted within hours of our posts.
Remember the golden rule of all good computer modelers that terrorizes hones researchers: “Garbage in; garbage out.”
Now do you see why Donald and Paul Robinson, and the NMHS have resolutely refused to make the raw data available to us, or to other outside experts, of the so-called “fakes” they gave to the gullible professor. And why they have refused, repeatedly and utterly, to provide high res photos of the front and back of the paintings which the Robinsons (father and son) had provided to the blinkered Professor Wang.
I challenged, long ago, both Robinson and/or the NMHS to prove me wrong in public, by producing the Wanker 16 for me to examine, or by making high definition photos of the fronts and backs of the paintings available to me and other experts.
They have resolutely refused to do so, tellingly preferring to hide from, instead of cooperating, with art, forensic, and Morrisseau experts, to provide academic and ethical clarity on what I consider the worst art scandal, and biggest art HOAX, in Canadian history.
Why do they persist in their refusal and obfuscation? If there is better proof for the fact they have burned the compromising Wanker 16, to remove possibly devastating and compromising evidence of an art scam, I have not seen it.
The offer is still active in 2015. I’m not holding my breath… because I smell smoke… and a rat.
What you should know, before you open the door to Sinclair and Ross:
– not a single Morrisseau forgery has ever been found, or proven, by any Canadian court, judge, forensic scientist, or recognized genuine Morrisseau expert,
– in the two biggest court cases alleging a Morrisseau forgery (before Judge Martial in Small Claims Court, and the Appeal before the Hon Madam Justice Mary Anne Sanderson, in Ontario Superior Court) both judges not only resoundingly dismissed the claim of forgery and rejected the competence, expertise, and claims of the two witnesses (Sinclair & Robinson), but went on to pronounce – which Madam Justice Sanderson acidly noted was NOT a requirement of Judge Martial – that the paintings were genuine, and authentically signed by the artist,
– every allegation by anyone, of a supposed Morrisseau forgery, resulting in a lawsuit (in: Otavnik v Vadas, Otavnik v Sinclair, Moniz v Globe, Hatfield v Artworld, Hatfield Appeal v Artworld, McDermott v McLeod, etc) has been completely discredited as false, a malicious fabrication, or settled with the painting found to be completely genuine, and authentically signed by the artist,
– every single court action launched by anyone claiming a Morrisseau forgery, has been dismissed by judges as bogus, been abandoned as ludicrous in view of the mountain of countervailing evidence, or resulted in huge cash payouts for defamation,
– the credibility, expertise, and trustworthiness of every single witness involved in making allegations of forged Morrisseaus in court (including Ritchie Sinclair, and Donald Robinson) have been totally and hugely dismissed by judge, after judge – Mogan, Lederer, Godfrey, Martial, Lacavera, Sanderson, etc.) who found that they do not have the credentials or expertise to make their allegations, and that their testimony is not credible, and is self-serving, and not believable.
– the Thunder Bay police, and the RCMP (across Canada) both investigated the allegations of so-called forgeries (as claimed by Ritchie Sinclair and Donald Robinson) and ended up NOT identifying or charging a single forger, a single forgery, or a single person as a seller of supposed Morrisseau forgeries,
– IN THE 15 YEARS SINCE DONALD ROBINSON INITIATED THE HOAX – neither he nor his Kinsman Robinson Galleries, nor Ritchie Sinclair, nor Bryant Ross or any of their Conspiracy Theorist associates, like Aaron Milrad, have ever launched a single lawsuit alleging forgery against any of the people they claim to be making forgeries, or selling forgeries. Not even once… THEY ALL HAVE RESOLUTELY REFUSED TO PUT THE ALLEGATIONS AND ACCUSATIONS THEY BANDY ABOUT, WITH RECKLESS ABANDON IN FRONT OF THE GULLIBLE MEDIA, BEFORE THE DISCERNING AND WITHERING GLARE OF A SINGLE JUDGE.
From the beginning, this has all been about art terrorism, scaring the bejeesus out of their main business competitors, and threatening them with lawyers and lawsuits, behind the scenes, to get them to buy Morrisseau product only from Donald and Paul Robinson and Kinsman Robinson Galleries.
FINALLY – Count on the DNA to Clinch the Deal: In fact the BDP – that black drybrush signature on the back of your painting – is your very best insurance that you have a genuine Morrisseau from Norval’s 1970s high period.
Regard it as Norval’s DNA on the back. You can compare yours with the many forensic reports published on the internet that give huge and definitive pictorial details, from Canada’s top forensic handwriting signature analyst, on exactly what to look for.
If you do have BDP DNA on the back, and don’t trust your powers of observation, take it to a forensic handwriting expert to do it for you.
Save Your Bucks: 99% of the time it’s probably not worth spending the money on an expensive scientific analysis. And you can thank Donald Robinson of Toronto’s Kinsman Robinson Galleries, and his business associate Ritchie Sinclair, for saving you all the moolah…
Here’s why: they are both adamant – and Robinson said so in court – that Norval NEVER EVER signed, titled, or dated, the back of any painting in Black Drybrush Paint.
In short a genuine Morrisseau, he claims, is ALWAYS blank on the back. Without any of the DNA commonly found on thousands of genuine BDPs.
As Robinson testified in court: “Never once have I ever seen it.” His quote was acidly noted by the Hon Madam Justice Mary Anne Sanderson, in her biting finding on the Hatfield case Appeal, and on Robinson’s testimony about Norval’s BDP signatures, where this single Robinson statement was the only quote of anyone’s that she copied into her finding from the 750 pages of the Hatfield transcript that she reviewed.
Madam Justice Sanderson, commented acidly – I heard her in court; Robinson chose not to attend – when she noted that Robinson had bought 31 of these very paintings (BDPs signed, titled, and dated in black drybrush technique by Norval) for some $54,000.
Robinson and Sinclair are so absolute, that a Morrisseau painting MUST be blank on the back to be genuine, that you can be certain that if you have a BDP, you have a painting they will hate, and call a fake.
And want to burn… to, you guessed it, hide the evidence…
So, the same DNA – as this blog has proven over two years is Norval’s and only Norval’s – and which you can take to the bank, serves according, to their discredited claim, as the DNA of the forger, and a certain sign of an alleged fake.
If you have such DNA – a Norval Morrisseau 1970s style BDP – right out the gate, you have a valuable painting by Norval from his “high period” of painting.
Because in every single case where such a signature has been tested by a forensic scientist, it has been found to be genuine. In over 70 cases, and counting.
So, keep it away from Sinclair and Ross’s match; keep it away from Donald Robinson’s match; keep it away from the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society’s match.
Aaron Milrad: In fact it was lawyer Aaron Milrad who originally started out as the culprit in the search and destroy mission of genuine Morrisseau paintings, when he was quoted in the media in 2005, as ready, willing, and able, to destroy Morrisseau paintings he and the NMHS hated. Milrad was one of the group of white businessmen, who clumped around Norval’s wheelchair, and helped kick-start the Conspiracy Theory of “thousands of fakes by umpteen forgers” which I call the biggest Hoax in Canadian history.
Is it any wonder that none of them has ever taken a single painting to a forensic scientist to verify and prove their claim. And that when others who disagree with them do, the forensic report always come back as positive, with the painting and the signature as authentic.
The Conspiracy Theorists prefer to make up the science themselves in the basement of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries.
And that is exactly why the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society has probably burned the Wanker 16, and why Sinclair claims that he and Ross are on the search and destroy mission to get rid of Norval’s DNA, wherever it can be found.
They are all trying to legitimize the many paintings their business associates have, claiming they are Morrisseaus, when they have NO NORVAL DNA OF ANY KIND ON THE BACK.
Your Proper Course of Action
Be on the lookout for Morrisseau pyromaniacs…
NOTE: Sinclair may very well be in one of his disguises. In court he always shows up in a suit and tie.
Everywhere else he prefers parading about in “faux buckskins,” I believe made by underage children in some sweat shop in downtown Bangkok…
Though Sinclair is lily white in his DNA, he is much more famous as Canada’s leading Indian imposter/impersonator, and prefers to wear a Davey Crockett or Daniel Boone buckskin costume (the experts are still out on which one it is), and is much given to flicking about a large white turkey feather as he talks.
So Sinclair may very well be wearing this disguise when he comes calling.
(See Sinclair’s disastrous performance on the CBC “Four Rooms” program where he was in full flight as an Indian imposter/impersonator resplendent in a Crockett/Boone jacket and endlessly flicking the turkey feather about. The experts there also told him he was unlikable and that his painting looked like “a bad Morrisseau.”)
So if you have been approached by Sinclair and/or Ross, or one of their collaborating associates, like the notorious and foul-mouthed Mark Anthony Jacobson, I advise you to:
– protect your art and your family,
– bar the door,
– don’t let them get their hands on any of your art,
– hide your daughters, pets, or farm animals,
– take photos of them posing with you, or your art.
Send us any information you may have about this Amber Alert.
– where and when you were approached by the dastardly duo,
– send photos of the paintings they saw and said were fakes, and should be destroyed
– notify the police
– alert John Walsh of “America’s Most Wanted”
This gross act of Cultural Genocide must be stopped, immediately, to protect, not only Norval’s art heritage, not only Canada’s Aboriginal art heritage, but the overall cultural heritage of Canada.