FAQ

EXPOSÉE – The Morrisseau forgeries that never were…

Conspiracy Theorists and Their Proof of So-called Forgeries

1 – How many so-called forgers, forgeries, or sellers of so-called forgeries, have the Conspiracy Theorists taken to court in the 13 years since they announced there were “thousands of Morrisseau forgeries by umpteen diabolical forgers,” out there?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada… Why not?

So, if it’s not forgers, or forgeries they’re after, what are they up to?

2 – How many so-called Morrisseau forgeries – out of supposedly thousands that are claimed to be out there – have ever been independently proven, to be fakes, by fully credentialed, top independent forensic experts and handwriting analysts, in 13 years?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada… Why not?

Simple: they don’t exist. Canadian collectors and dealers say the attack on so-called “forgeries” is not about fakes at all; the real target is secondary market Morrisseaus in the hands of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) business competitors.

More than any other Canadian forensic scientist, Kenneth J Davies, has the Conspiracy Theorists on the run. Every BDP they have denounced as a forgery, and sent to him for evaluation, has come back as signed by Morrisseau himself, with DNA certainty. Without a single negative finding.

More than any other Canadian forensic scientist, Kenneth J Davies, has the Conspiracy Theorists on the run. Every BDP they have denounced as a forgery, and sent to him for evaluation, has come back as signed by Morrisseau himself, with DNA certainty. Without a single negative finding.

3 – How many so-called Morrisseau forgeries, called “fakes” by Conspiracy Theorists, have subsequently been independently proven to be authentically signed by Norval Morrisseau, with DNA certainty, by fully credentialed top independent forensic experts and handwriting analysts?

A – A shocking 70 – and counting – in fact every single painting that was ever submitted for independent forensic examination, have so far been confirmed as authentic, and with DNA certainty, without a single, solitary dissenting finding… at different times and places, by three of Canada’s top forensic scientists and handwriting analysis experts.

It is stunning proof, if any more were needed, that what the target of the Conspiracy Theorists really is, are not fakes at all, but genuine Morrisseau works in the hands of the business competitors of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) of Toronto, Ontario.

sign_wanker16b4 – How many so-called forgeries – their proof of fakes – do the Conspiracy Theorists, say they have?

A – Sixteen (16) – the notorious Wanker16. All that is left of the 31 paintings Donald Robinson bought for $54,000 at Randy Potter Auctions between 1999-2000, after he sold the rest as genuine Morrisseaus, secretly, through a far distant western Canadian auction, for a profit.

And obviously the auctioneer believed that these Morrisseau paintings consigned by the Principal Morrisseau Dealer were genuine. It is highly unlikely that Robinson told the auctioneer they were forgeries. Robinson is also on the record of saying he never sought to make restitution to either the auctioneer or the many clients who ended up paying high dollars for paintings Robinson called forgeries.

And no, he did not return even these unsold ones (Wanker 16), to Randy Potter, demanding a refund for having been sold alleged Morrisseau fakes.

In fact Robinson is only one of some 200 Morrisseau collectors who never brought back a single painting to Randy Potter, alleging it was a fake and demanding a refund. (see: Randy Potter – the Last Honest Auctioneer)

5 – How did a small town auctioneer, like Randy Potter of Port Hope, Ontario, ever get drawn into a “big city” fine art Hoax?

My favourite memory of the Straight Arrow in a typical pose.

My favourite memory of the Straight Arrow in a typical pose.

A – Easy. An fine art collector from Thunder Bay (his identity was at that time not disclosed as the convention in all Canadian fine art auctions is to keep the consignor’s identity private) had hundreds of Morrisseau paintings for sale. He had collected them cheap, over decades, in northern Ontario, which he now wanted to funnel to the big fine art buying crowd in Toronto.

Trouble was he had bad experiences with the big city auction houses who demanded an unconscionably huge cut for selling paintings, and then, to add insult to injury, were notoriously slow to pay up, preferring to sit on the auction profits and collect the interest for a month or two or three, or even longer, before remitting cash owing to their consignors.

Randy Potter, within easy driving distance of Toronto, offered to sell the Morrisseaus for a much more reasonable commission, and pay instantly. As Randy Potter told me, “Bottom line; he thought we were honest and we could do well for him. He was pleased with what we did so he kept sending them to us.”

Randy Potter phoned every art dealer who dealt in First Nations art, in the Toronto area, to come and see for themselves – “Hell, they were the experts,” Randy told me,” not me.” – and to bid on what they thought the art was worth.

As documented in court testimony and affidavits, Donald Robinson first tried to become the reseller for them all; Randy refused to add another middle man. Robinson then tried to get Randy to disclose the name of the consignor; Randy refused, which is standard auction policy. Robinson asked Potters to slow down the flow of paintings – dozens every few months – because his Kinsman Robinson Galleries prices were being hugely undermined; Randy and his consignor refused. He was a reputable independent auction business, not a branch plant for KRG.

Failing in all these aggressive business initiatives, to capture the flow of hundreds of secondary market Morrisseau paintings, all going to his business competitors, and to direct the profits into his own gallery, Robinson stopped buying. Only months later Robinson went public in the National Post on May 18, 2001, saying all the Morrisseau paintings being sold by Randy Potter were fakes. Which in 2012, is what he told Judge Martial.

Robinson – and his fellow Conspiracy Theorists in later years – also claimed that the consignor of the so-called forgeries was a fictitious person, a fraudulent cover for a forger, and did not even exist when lots of reputable people (Randy Potter, Donna Shea, Jim White, Donna Child) are on record for saying or testifying they had either met the consignor in person and/or had spoken to him numerous times on the phone.

The anonymous consignor, outraged at the Robinson attacks directed his way, blew his cover and revealed himself to be David Voss, a real live human being, whose ailing father, Deiter, had known Norval and collected hundreds of his paintings back in the 1970s. He published a scathing letter targeting Donald Robinson and his wild claims saying Voss was fictitious and a front for forgers.

In his judgment, on March 25, 2013, Judge Martial made the pointed finding, not that Randy Potter sold fakes, but the polar opposite, that Donald Robinson clearly regarded Potter as a major business competitor. With the understood implication, that Potter was stiff competition with authentic paintings, not forgeries.

Donald Robinson still claims "Wheel" is a forgery despite the fact it has been authenticated by: two longtime Morrisseau dealers, the brother of the artist, a top Canadian forensic scientist, and now a court judge. Why does he do this?

Donald Robinson still claims “Wheel” is a forgery despite the fact it has been authenticated by: two longtime Morrisseau dealers, the brother of the artist, a top Canadian forensic scientist, and now a court judge. Why does he do this?

Adding further that Robinson made a serious mistake in calling the “Potter-sourced” painting “Wheel of Life 1979” a forgery when, in fact, it was authentic, as attested to by a number of witnesses that Judge Martial found highly credible, as all had long and verified experience with Norval Morrisseau and his paintings.

Note 1: Robinson claimed all Randy Potter paintings were forgeries, by his estimation totaling over 2,000 paintings. Yet, in the longest fine art trial in Canadian history (Hatfield v Child) the self-styled top expert in Morrisseau art failed spectacularly to prove even one (1) a forgery.

Robinson’s failure as a Morrisseau authenticator, and reliable witness, is far worse than that. Judge Martial did not simply wash his hands of Robinson’s allegations, and say “not proven.” He said Robinson’s failure was far more compromising than that. Robinson, he said, was claiming something that was false, when he wrongly vilified a painting, “Wheel,” that the judge ruled was an authentic Morrisseau, no ifs, ands or buts.

Note 2: Robinson and the Conspiracy Theorists, by failing to prove – with their best shot – even one single (1) painting – of their own choice – from the Potter auction, as a forgery, the case for 2,000 or any so-called fakes at Potter auctions collapses entirely. It’s common sense: if you can’t even prove a single case of a forgery, then you have no credible proof whatsoever for 2,000 forgeries.

Note 3: By ruling that the forgery of Robinson’s choice was not a fake at all, but the polar opposite, a genuine Morrisseau, Judge Martial was actually ruling that Robinson’s forgery claim about Randy Potter paintings was also clearly false, and that the Randy Potter paintings were all, as supported by the mountain of evidence and witness testimony in several trials, totally authentic.

In one dramatic ruling Judge Martial swept Robinson’s claim of 2,000 so-called Potter forgeries into the trash bin of history. And whatever was left of Donald Robinson’s claim to have some kind of credibility left as a Morrisseau authenticator…

This Randy Potter painting forced CTVglobemedia to settle out of court, and pay Michael Moniz some $25,0000 for maliciously defaming his genuine Morrisseau as a fake.

This Randy Potter painting forced CTVglobemedia to settle out of court, and pay Michael Moniz some $25,0000 for maliciously defaming his genuine Morrisseau as a fake.

Note 4: In fact numerous Potter-sourced paintings were subsequently proven to be authentically signed by Norval Morrisseau, by top credentialed handwriting experts.

And two of the paintings, and their expert report confirmations, were responsible for the two biggest pay-outs for false and malicious Morrisseau art defamations in out-of-court settlements: one against the Globe and Mail for $25,000, and one for $11,000 against the artist himself, and his business manager.

Note 5: One of the more surreal events in the Martial court was when the Defence produced an affidavit from Deiter Voss – the father of David, who consigned some 2,000 paintings to Randy Potter Auctions – swearing he had personally seen Norval Morrisseau sign two paintings with black drybrush paint in the 1970s, and produced photos of the paintings.

Miraculously, David Voss, the man Donald Robinson did not exist and was a fictitious invention to cover a fraud operation, had a father, Deiter Voss, who produced an affidavit in court, swearing he had seen Norval Morrisseau sign two paintings in 1979, just one more damning proof that BDPs, which Donald Robinson also said were ALL FORGERIES, did exist, big time, as Judge Martial ruled in 2013.

Miraculously, David Voss, the man Donald Robinson said did not exist, and was a fictitious invention to cover a fraud operation, had a father, Deiter Voss, who produced an affidavit in court, swearing he had seen Norval Morrisseau sign two paintings in 1979. Just one more damning proof that BDPs, which Donald Robinson also said were ALL FORGERIES, did exist, big time, as Judge Martial ruled in 2013.

Surreal because a man Robinson claimed, did not exist and was merely a fictitious creation to cover a fraudulent forgery operation, actually had a genuine documented father who produced proof of a long Morrisseau collecting history, explaining his son’s hundreds of Morrisseau paintings, with a legal document that shot down Donald Robinson’s entire claim of all BDPs being forgeries. Just adding more sworn testimony that Robinson was utterly wrong in his claims.

In all quite a huge indictment of Donald Robinson as a Morrisseau authenticator. As Judge Martial wrote, Robinson had a huge and a “hopeless conflict of interest” in everything he said as a witness. because of his self-interest as a Morrisseau dealer. And was why, in his judgment, he repeatedly “rejected” Robinson’s testimony and expertise as a witness.

5 – How many alleged forgeries – or alleged proof of fakes – have the Conspiracy Theorists made available for examination by the public, Morrisseau collectors, investigative journalists, or by independent forensic scientists and handwriting analysis experts, over the last 13 years?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada… Why not? Just what are they hiding and why are they hiding their so-called “forgeries” and their so-called “proof of forgeries” from transparency, and public scrutiny?

They have steadfastly refused to publish pictures of the fronts and backs of the infamous Wanker 16, the paintings that Donald Robinson used to “educate” some art academics in the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society, to recognize “forgeries” as he wanted them defined.

Cultural genocide on display. Wanker 16 paintings on a bonfire at an NMHS kaffeeklatsch with the 900 pount gorilla in the room, hanging in the background...

Cultural genocide on display. In 2005, Aaron Milrad had told a journalist “destroying” paintings he considered fake Morrisseaus, was a real option for the newly founded Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society set up by him and Donald Robinson. There is good evidence that the Wanker 16 are destined for a bonfire at an NMHS kaffeeklatsch, if they haven’t already been “destroyed,” at the behest of the 900 pound gorilla in the room, hanging in the background…

All the while slanging some 40 Morrisseau art dealers and hundreds of collectors, who HAVE submitted their paintings for independent forensic examiners – who found them in every case to be genuine – as being involved in a “fraudulent scheme” in selling Morrisseau fakes…

6 – How many BDPs have been found to be forgeries?

  • NOTE: Donald Robinson has repeatedly claimed and testified in court, without reservations of any kind, that ALL BDPs are forgeries, amounting to literally thousands of Morrisseau paintings that have been signed, titled, and dated on the back with large lettering in black drybrush paint.

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada…

morrisseau_soma_sig_tripleAstonishingly, says Donald Robinson, and his acolyte and business associate, Ritchie Sinclair, both claim, all the BDPs, were signed by a “Stupid Forger.”

This “Stupid Forger” would, hands-down, win the Jay Leno prize for the “Stupid Criminal of the Century” Award, for putting so much unnecessary and hopelessly compromising DNA on the back of paintings, when it’s like deliberately leaving your fingerprints, your credit card, and your driver’s license littered all over a crime scene.

In fact, I contend, that BDPs are the most valuable of all Morrisseau paintings because the DNA left there so hugely prominent and extensive, is a virtual treasure trove of data that an independent forensic scientist and handwriting analysis expert can test and examine to his heart’s content.

And three top independent Canadian forensic scientists and handwriting analysis experts have had a field day doing exactly that and coming up with some truly astonishing conclusions.

In over 70 examinations of Morrisseau BDP paintings – and counting – they have unanimously found, without a single dissenting finding, that all the examined signatures were signed by Norval Morrisseau, with DNA certainty, and that no one else could have done so

In spite of Donald Robinson saying ALL BDPs are fakes, his own son, Paul Robinson, the current boss at the Kinsman Robinson Galleries has, over the years, authenticated countless BDPs, like this one in 1999.
In spite of Donald Robinson saying ALL BDPs are fakes, his own son, Paul Robinson, the current boss at the Kinsman Robinson Galleries has, over the years, authenticated countless BDPs, like this one in 1999.

Paul Robinson is trying to earn his father's mantel as Principal Morrisseau Dealer in Training.

Paul Robinson is trying to earn his father’s mantel as Principal Morrisseau Dealer in Training.

Note: In fact Donald Robinson’s own son signed KRG Appraisals of authenticity for four different BDP paintings, that had – we blush for him – also come from Randy Potter Auctions, for KRG clients in September 1999, and October 2001. And the latter, five months after his father announced all Potter paintings were fakes, and presumably all BDPs. No one knows how many scores or hundreds of other BDPs Paul Robinson authenticated in the years before and after.

Yet, disregarding a mountain of accumulated scientific evidence, in Hatfield v Child, Donald Robinson repeated his claim that ALL BDPs are inept forgeries, signed by a hopelessly “Stupid Forger.”

(He forgot to tell Judge Martial that his son had authenticated numerous BDPs as authentic over the years. Quite the opposite: he told the Court his son had caught on to the so-called fakes long before he did himself.)

Judge Martial, in his judgment ruled sternly against Donald Robinson’s claims, and pulled no punches in writing that there is “overwhelming evidence” that Morrisseau signed BDPs, and saying there is credible testimony – unlike Robinson’s which he repeatedly “rejected” – from numerous believably witnesses that Norval signed BDPs possibly thousands of times.

Judge Martial found, exactly like the overwhelming majority of knowledgeable Morrisseau collectors and fine art dealers knew was the case all along, that BDPs – thousands of them – are the ultimate proof of a genuine Morrisseau.

Not at all, like Donald Robinson claims, the ultimate proof of an inept so-called forgery.

It’s why it has been called “the greatest fraud in Canadian art history.”

And we call it the Greatest Art Hoax in Canadian history.

7 – So if there are no forgeries, like the thousands the Conspiracy Theorists claim there are, what is this all about?

Ugo Matulic whose public-spirited generosity in paying for dozens of independent forensic analyses of alleged "forgeries" has panicked the Conspiracy Theorists big time. In 2011 Kinsman Robinson Galleries of Toronto launched a SLAPP suit against him in Ontario Superior Court to try to shut him up and stop his public spirited inestigation into alleged frauds in the Morrisseau art market. Every single "forgery" KRG has alleged has been rulled "authentic" by top Canadian forensic experts for which he has paid.

Ugo Matulic whose public-spirited generosity in paying for dozens of independent forensic analyses of alleged “forgeries” has panicked the Conspiracy Theorists big time. In 2011 Kinsman Robinson Galleries of Toronto launched a SLAPP suit against him in Ontario Superior Court to try to shut him up and stop his public spirited inestigation into alleged frauds in the Morrisseau art market. Every single “forgery” KRG has alleged has been rulled “authentic” by top Canadian forensic experts.

A – Morrisseau dealers and collectors across Canada believe the Hoax is about a business initiative and sales manipulation by a small family owned and operated gallery, Kinsman Robinson Galleries in Toronto, which was Morrisseau’s Ontario dealer, during his declining years, for his “direct-from-the-artist” sales.

In the late 1990s, as Norval’s fame grew on the eve of his planned National Gallery show, thousands of his older paintings – especially from his prolific 1970s period – began to flood the market, as owners who had bought them for $25 and $30 hoped to cash in big-time by selling to white urban collectors. The flood of old, secondary market Morrisseaus, hugely deflated prices of the artificially high levels set at the Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG).

To stop the bleeding, collectors and dealers across Canada say Kinsman Robinson Galleries set out to control the market – inflate the value of their own paintings by dissing the secondary market in Morrisseau art that belonged to their business competitors, by a simple tactic: call the paintings being sold by their business competitors forgeries and say that only KRG can guarantee genuine authenticated paintings.

The resulting KRG media campaign, all based entirely on word-of-mouth to a compliant press and broadcast media, too lazy to do proper research, and without ever offering any independently verifiable proof of any kind to anyone, destroyed millions in valuation of Norval Morrisseau’s genuine art, as well as that of First Nations art generally, as the publicity deriding “Indian forgers and forgeries” took off.

It’s the most destructive act of cultural genocide since the Canadian government confiscated the potlatch regalia of the Kwakwaka’wakw people in Alert Bay, BC, in 1921.

Norval & His Mental & Physical Health

1 – When did the decline in Norval’s physical and mental health start?

Supposedly - if you can believe this? - six years after this photo was taken, Donald Robinson says Norval assured him he didn't paint the Wanker 16...

Supposedly – if you can believe this? – six years after this photo was taken, Donald Robinson says Norval assured him he didn’t paint the Wanker 16. He also said that in 2005 Norval also  directed setting up the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society, picked its academic members, gave it its mission statement, and directed which paintings were fake and which not… Others claim this is totally preposterous, that by 2005, Norval was little more than a vegetable, and that Gabe Vadas, his business manager had been aggressively using his Power of Attorney for years, which is, of course, illegal, if Norval had been, in any way, able to think or act for himself…

A – By the last ten years of his life Norval Morrisseau had probably the most destroyed body and mind of any leading personality in Canadian history.

Norval had been a colossal binge drinker, of massive amounts of alcohol, and alcohol related substances like perfume, after-shave, and Lysol etc., during most of his life – for over 40 years. He overindulged in many illegal and debilitating drugs of all kinds. His physical and mental decline started early; he complained of growing sexual dysfunction as early as the 1970s.

Alcohol dementia is a terribly debilitating condition that attacks chronic binge drinkers, degrading their memory, mental skills, speaking ability, and bodily motor skills. Norval also had Parkinson’s which was clearly evident in the mid-90s and gave him terrible shakes. 30% of Parkinson’s patients also suffer from associated dementia, which compounded Norval’s earlier alcohol-related dementia.

By the late 1980s, friends noticed Norval had also “lost it” as a painter. He was permanently in a wheelchair after 1995. His shakes were so bad by the late 1990s his caretakers have steadfastly refused to record or publish any video of Norval talking or painting. Many collectors refuse to buy anything from the late 1980s on, let alone 1990s and after.

People who saw him, including family and friends, say Norval could not communicate anything other than gibberish by 2002. His brother Wolf testified in court, that by then Norval had only minutes of cogency, and was mostly “out of it.”

2 – How many videos have the Conspiracy Theorists ever produced showing Norval Morrisseau talking on any topic whatsoever in the last ten years of his life?

A still from the most important video shot of Norval over the last ten years of his life, by Ryan Leblanc in Thunder Bay in April 2002. It is the only video document that has not been tampered with, but shows an uncut run of tap which clearly shows that Norval was disengaged from what went on around him and would sign anything that was put in front of him

A still from the most important video shot of Norval over the last ten years of his life, by Ryan Leblanc in Thunder Bay in April 2002. It is the only video document that has not been tampered with, but shows an uncut run of tape which clearly shows that Norval was totally disengaged from what went on around him and would sign anything that was put in front of him or in his hand (literally.)

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada… Why not?

Norval’s business partners did not want the public to become aware that they had a painter that couldn’t talk. And then to start asking questions like who is doing all the thinking and talking for him, since he was utterly unable to communicate.

3 – How many video tapes have the Conspiracy Theorists ever produced showing Norval Morrisseau painting any canvas, let alone his large ones, after he had his first stroke in 1994, and was confined to his wheelchair in 1996, with Parkinson’s and associated dementia and alcohol dementia?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada… Why not?

Norval’s business partners did not want the public to become aware that they had a painter that virtually couldn’t paint. And then to start asking questions like where did all his new paintings come from?

4 – What’s Norval’s “best period” or the high point of his painting career?

A – It has always been considered, by most experts, to be the 1970s, when he had the most exhibitions, won the most honours, and was most prolific. Some extend that to the early 1980s. After that Norval’s well documented physical and mental decline made it impossible for him to have the motor skills and mental presence necessary to go on painting quality works of any kind. By the late 80s friends noted that Norval had “lost it” as a painter.

Donald Robinson disagrees, saying paintings from the 1970s are rare (quoted by Judge Martial) and that most 70s dated paintings are forgeries. In fact both Judge Morgan in 1996, and Judge Martial in 2013, found Robinson to “have a hopeless conflict of interest in trying to be objective about the quality or value of Morrisseau’s work.” Both judges rejected Robinson’s testimony and expert reports as a result.

Robinson claims, against the almost totally universal belief, of every other Morrisseau expert, that the 90s and after – “Norval’s wheelchair invalid period” of painting – was one of Morrisseau’s best and most prolific periods.  

Norval & So-Called Forgeries

A still from the only video taken of Norval in the last ten years of his life, showing him animatedly talking about forgeries.

A still from the only video taken of Norval in the last ten years of his life, showing him animatedly talking about forgeries.

1 – How many videos have the Conspiracy Theorists ever produced showing Norval Morrisseau talking on any topic whatsoever in the last ten years of his life?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada… Why not?

Simple, say informed observers. Norval couldn’t communicate anything intelligible because not only his body, but his mind was terribly destroyed by a life – some 40 years – of horrendous alcohol and substance abuse.

2 – How many audio tapes have the Conspiracy Theorists ever produced showing Norval Morrisseau talking on any topic whatsoever in the last ten years of his life?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada… Why not?

Norval couldn’t talk intelligibly. And even a sound recording would have proven that, raising all kinds uncomfortable questions for the Conspiracy Theorists.

3 – How many articles or letters have the Conspiracy Theorists ever produced in which Norval Morrisseau discusses so-called forgeries of any kind?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada… Why not?

Informed observers say and his brother Wolf confirmed that Norval did not care about forgeries in the slightest. In fact, he was very like Picasso, who said he would personally sign a forgery if it was good.

But of course, Robinson says all the Morrisseau forgeries are poor, low-life failures and imitations, and that Norval would never sign them.

Conspiracy Theorists & the Courts

1 – How many so-called forgers, forgeries, or sellers of so-called forgeries have the Conspiracy Theorists taken to court in the 13 years since they announced there were “thousands of Morrisseau forgeries by umpteen diabolical forgers,” out there?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada… Why not?

The Gold Standard on Forgeries: Richard McClintock was instantly nailed after trying to sell only two - that's two (2) real forgeries of top Quebec artists. Donald Robinson, who says he knows of 4,000 Morrisseau forgeries, hasn't been able to nail even a single one to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to a court, or a judge, or, anyone else not a member of his family...

The Gold Standard on Forgeries: Richard McClintock was instantly nailed after trying to sell only two – that’s two (2) real forgeries of top Quebec artists. Donald Robinson, who says he knows of 4,000 Morrisseau forgeries, hasn’t been able to nail even a single one to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to a court, or a judge, or, anyone else not a member of his family…

Well, think about it… When Canadian master fine art forger Richard McClintock tried to sell two (2) forged paintings he was instantly caught by an art dealer, arrested and charged by police, and sentenced by a judge. A genuine forger couldn’t even sell two paintings before the system nailed him.

Yet the Conspiracy Theorists who claim they have proof of thousands of forgeries out there, have never taken even one to court. The reason is simple: they have no proof that would stand up in any court.

As was proven, big time, when Donald Robinson spent three days on the stand before Judge Martial trying to prove just a single (1) painting of his choice was a forgery. His testimony was totally dismissed by a judge who repeatedly “rejected” Robinson’s testimony, his expertise, his altruism, and his expert report, as all hopelessly compromised by self-interest.

To add insult to injury, far from just sitting on the fence in a “not proven” position, the judge rebuked Robinson’s finding, saying that the painting Robinson called a forgery was in fact, a genuine Morrisseau.

Stunningly, Judge Martial rebuked him further by stating that his claim that Norval never, ever signed the backs of paintings with black drybrush paint, as totally false, finding that there was “overwhelming evidence” that Morrisseau did exactly that.

It is the biggest and most resounding discrediting of a Canadian fine art dealer in Canadian history.

2 – How many journalists have the Conspiracy Theorists threatened or taken to court in the 13 years to prevent them from talking about ar publishing evidence on the “greatest fraud in Canadian art history?”

A – At least two… The Conspiracy Theorists, who have shown a stunningly inexplicable aversion to taking a single forger or forgery to court, in 13 years, started in 2010, to launch diabolical SLAPP lawsuits to “shoot the messenger” against journalists who were exposing the Hoax in the public interest.

3 – How many court cases have the Conspiracy Theorists won with their claims of so-called forgeries?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada…

4 – How many court cases have the Morrisseau collectors and retailers launched after having their paintings vilified as forgeries by Conspiracy Theorists?

– A – Several.

5 – How many court cases have the Morrisseau collectors and retailers won against the Conspiracy Theorists who vilified their paintings as forgeries?

A – All were victories in varying degrees and clear defeats for the Conspiracy Theorists. Two landmark cases in which both Conspiracy Theorists pleaded for an out-of-court settlement rather than face a judge with their so-called “proof” of forgery: in 2008 Otavnik won $11,000 v Morrisseau and Vadas, and Moniz won some $25,000 from the Globe & Mail.

6 – How many judges have found Donald Robinson a credible witness at authenticating Morrisseaus whether in regard to stylistic analysis, colour, handwriting, syllabics etc.?

A – Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada…

7 – How many judges have totally rejected Donald Robinson’s credibility as a Morrisseau authenticator, and dismissed his testimony and reports as entirely self-serving and to be “hopelessly compromised by self-interest.”

A – At least two made definitive findings to that effect: Judge Morgan in 1996 and Judge Martial in 2013. Judge Godfrey, in 2011, in the Otavnik v Sinclair case, pointedly ignored both Robinson’s expert testimony, as well as his so-called “expert report” which claimed “Jesuit Preist 1974” was a forgery, telling Otavnik he had a real painting not a fake, and urged him to get it certified by a forensic expert.

Credentials

1 – How does Canadian forensic scientist and handwriting analysis expert Dr. Atul K Singla compare to Donald Robinson as a credentialed forensic scientist and handwriting analysis expert?

A – Dr. Singla has an MA in forensics; a Ph.D. in forensics, various post-doctoral diplomas and certificates for advanced forensic courses he took in India, the UK, and the US. He is a member of various forensic science bodies in the UK, the US, and India.

Donald Robinson's credentials show he is qualified as an electrician (B.Sc. in electrical engineering), has a license to practice (P.Eng.), and knows how to run a business for profit (M.B.A.).

Donald Robinson’s credentials are, of course, no use in the art world where he has chosen to make his living, but do show he is qualified as an electrician (B.Sc. in electrical engineering), and has a license to practice (P.Eng.). He does have an advanced degree in how to go about running a business for profit (M.B.A.).

Donald Robinson has no degrees, diplomas, or certificates – no paper trail, or provenance, if you will – of any kind, whatsoever, not in forensics, not in handwriting analysis, nor in art, or fine art, nor in painting, nor in Morellian analysis, or even in any related fields. He makes up his self-proclaimed “expertise” in Morrisseau as he goes along…

It is why Judge Martial “rejected” all his testimony, and his so-called “expert report,” saying Robinson had nothing of value he could contribute to the court in Hatfield v Child, even though he spent three days on the stand trying to establish that he knew something of value and that he should be listened to. In fact Judge Martial pointed out his testimony and so-called expertise was “hopelessly compromised by self-interest.”

2 – How many times is Ritchie Sinclair mentioned in the professional literature, anywhere, in the last 33 years since he claims to have met Morrisseau, as some kind of “follower” or “apprentice” or “protégé” of Norval Morrisseau?

A – Not a single, solitary time… Repeat: none… nix… nada… He has totally fabricated his past and can rightfully regard himself as Canada’s leading “Indian imposter/impersonator.”

Ritchie Sinclair instructing the staff of Kinsman Robinson Galleries how to spot a fake...

Ritchie Sinclair, in one of his Davey Crockett outfits, instructing the staff of Kinsman Robinson Galleries how to spot a fake… He is pointing out that one of five pictures that they put into their first Morrisseau book, “Travels to the House of Invention,” had five (count em, five) forgeries in it, that neither Norval nor Donald Robinson caught. A clear sign that Norval had advanced dementia as early as 1997; how Donald Robinson missed the forgeries is not clear. But, with a clear nod to Sinclair’s expertise, he threw them all out when he re-issued the book, with minimal changes, as “Return to the House of Invention” in 2005. In 2013, Ritchie Sinclair is an honoured member of Kinsman Robinson Galleries, as an “enforcer” for the Conspiracy Theory. He and Donald Robinson have been (losing) tag-team members in several court cases, and are already signed up for more appearances in 2013. Their most spectacular failure is the Hatfield v Child case, where they were the only witnesses for the Plaintiff. Everything the duo claimed was, holus bolus, thrown out by Judge Martial, in what is the biggest discrediting of a pair of so-called fine art experts, in Canadian history.

3 – What Indian tribe is “Woodland artist” Ritchie Sinclair from?

A – None. He has claimed to be an Indian to try to promote his art which apes the distinctive style developed as a unique outgrowth of Indian culture and experience. The Lane Gallery which exhibited his paintings falsely promoted him in his bio as “part Indian.” Sinclair wears his hair long and sports a Davy Crockett – it could be Daniel Boone – buckskin jacket in downtown Toronto to try to perpetuate the myth of his fabricated Indian roots. But his art sales have been abysmal since no collector wants “Indian art” by a white man. Sinclair tries to perpetuate the disguise as Canada’s leading living white Indian Imposter/Impersonator.

4 – What degrees, diplomas, or certificates of any kind does Ritchie Sinclair have, on any subject whatsoever?

A – One one of his websites Sinclair claims to “have a degree in design.” The truth is that he does not. Not a single, solitary one… Repeat: none… nix… nada…

In fact the most that he has established in court is that he spent four years in high school. He failed to complete even a year in the only other course he ever took, an entry-level course in art which he quit before finishing. His academic past is as minimal, evasive and murky as his Indian roots.

5 – Is Ritchie Sinclair a member of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society?

A – He told a police officer, writing down his testimony in a legal action that he was a member of the “Norval Morrisseau Historical (sic) Society.” It’s all just another part of the invented fabrication of his persona as Canada’s leading Indian Imposter/Impersonator.

6 – How believable is Ritchie Sinclair as a Conspiracy Theorist?

Water Spirits, one of many paintings Ritchie Sinclair praised to the skies as a wonderful Morrisseau and then, overnight, started denouncing as a forgery. Water Spirits was defaced by arch-Conspiracy Theorist Bryant Ross of Aldergrove, BC, after having tried to sell it for over $12,000 for years.

“Water Spirits,” one of many paintings Ritchie Sinclair praised to the skies as a wonderful Morrisseau and then, overnight, started denouncing as a forgery. In 2010, “Water Spirits” was publicly defaced as a forgery, by arch-Conspiracy Theorist Bryant Ross of Aldergrove, BC, after having tried to sell it for over $12,000 for years. This is a screen grab from his corporate website c 2006,

A – Sinclair, who claims to have intimate knowledge Norval Morrisseau, as his protégé, dating back to 1980 – far further back than Donald Robinson or any other Conspiracy Theorist can claim, inexplicably was never an original member denouncing so-called forgeries after Donald Robinson started his campaign against so-called fakes, in 2001, or for years afterwards.

In fact for years after, until late in 2008, Sinclair was publicly praising and posting on his websites, Morrisseau paintings – which he now calls forgeries – as “masterpieces.” And he was effusive in praising pro-Morrisseau blogger Ugo Matulic as a wonderful role model for himself and the legacy of Norval Morrisseau.

Then, inexplicably, in October 2008, and a year after Norval died, he mysteriously turned around, holus bolus, and started denouncing the very same paintings he had lavishly praised before as genuine, as forgeries and Ugo Matulic and other art collectors as a fraudsters. Who was paying the “starving artist” to make this total reversal is not known.

After having, for 28 years, failed to identify a single forgery or a single forger or fraudster.

Then in October 2008, he started posting – we kid you not – 1,000 supposed Morrisseau forgeries supposedly being produced by a whole slew of diabolical retailers and collectors. All of paintings he had praised before, and never even seen or examined in person, before reversing himself so stunningly.

And even after they have been forensically proven to have been authentically signed by Norval Morrisseau himself, he continued to publicly post them as forgeries on his website.

Who is paying the “starving artist” to perpetuate this malicious and defamatory calumny is not known.

morrisseau_lily_smith190musHis list of fakes includes paintings that are in leading museums that exhibit First Nations art in Canada and the US, including at: the Senate Chamber of Canada, the Smithsonian Institution, Winnipeg Art Gallery, University of Victoria Art Gallery, National Museum of the American Indian, University of Oklahoma Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, McMaster University Art Collection, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

It also includes five paintings Norval Morrisseau and Donald Robinson put into their first book together, “Travels to the House of Invention.” In the re-issue Donald Robinson removed the offending paintings…