A Winnipeg couple worked with the world’s largest search engine to pay tribute to one of the world’s most influential artists, Norval Morrisseau.
Google doodles are changes to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, birthdays, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.
Blake Angeconeb and Danielle Morrison collaborated on creating a doodle for Google Canada to celebrate Morrisseau on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21.
Morrisseau, also known as Copper Thunderbird, was a renowned painter from Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek in northwestern Ontario. He became popular in the 1960s for his Woodland style, using bold brushstrokes and lots of color.
Angeconeb, from Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario, is an established artist himself, with a large online presence. He uses the Woodland style and incorporates pop culture into his works.
“Norval’s work was the first piece of art that really really got me into art,” Angeconeb said.
“No other artist or artwork before him that I’ve looked at has really resonated or impacted me.”
Morrison, originally from Anishinaabeg from Naongashiing in northwestern Ontario, is a graphic designer, lawyer and entrepreneur. She digitized the image created by Angeconeb.
“[There are] deep tones, lots of flowers, references to life and nature,” Morrison said.
“And you’re going to see a bit of Norval in the actual doodle because we really wanted to honor him as an individual.”
Morrison said what many people don’t know is that Morrisseau was bisexual.
“A lot of her values were based on seeing beyond sexuality, gender, race, religion, and that life was about interconnectedness,” she said.
“I think that’s a really important message that people around the world can really use…today.”
Lisa Morrisseau, Norval Morrisseau’s daughter, said when she heard Google wanted to create a doodle: “I thought it looked wonderful. I’m glad it’s happening.
“He has a few grandsons who are starting to paint. They love watching videos of him. They read books, look up pictures on the internet.”