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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Norval Morrisseau, who made the Woodland art style, featured in Google doodle


Key takeaways: 

  • Blake Angeconeb and Danielle Morrison of Winnipeg are the artists behind June 21 photo.
  • The Google doodle of Norval Morrisseau will be featured on Google Canada’s landing carrier on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day.

A Winnipeg pair has worked with the world’s largest search engine to honor one of the world’s most influential artists — Norval Morrisseau. 

Google doodles are the differences made to the Google logo to celebrate vacations, anniversaries, and the lives of renowned artists, pioneers, and scientists.

Blake Angeconeb and Danielle Morrison teamed up to make a doodle for Google Canada to celebrate Morrisseau on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21.

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Morrisseau, also known as Copper Thunderbird, was a famous painter from Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek in northwestern Ontario. He became prevalent in the 1960s for his Woodland style, using bold brush strokes and plenty of colors. 

Angeconeb, from Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario, is an inducted artist with a large online company. He uses Woodland style and includes pop culture in his works. 

“Norval’s work was the first artwork that pulled me into art,” said Angeconeb. “There was no other artist or artwork before him that I looked at that resonated or affected me.”

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