Jim White on his authentication issues with Norval Morrisseau and the Kinsman Robinson Gallery
MR. SHILLER: Q. Okay. Will you explain to the Court what the problem was?
MR. SHILLER: And we’re dealing, Your Honour, with the year 2001.
MR. WHITE: A. I wanted to, perhaps, even start my own gallery and I thought what better way to do that than to get appraisals from Donald Robinson, Kinsman Robinson Gallery, and I took 23 paintings to him for appraisal. He was quite excited looking at them. He complimented me on my collection which he knew darn well came, primarily, from the same source as many of his pieces. He cautioned me to be sure that I was very well insured and told me it would be one week in order to do the appraisals. At the end of the week, he called me up and said sorry, I’m, I’m very busy, it’s going to take another week. At the end of the second week, he called up, identified himself, and said your paintings are fake. There will be an article in tomorrow’s National Post, and he hung up the phone before I could even take a breath.
MR. SHILLER: Q. And was there an article in the National Post the next day?
MR. WHITE: A. Indeed, there was; front page, big headlines which read “Norval Morrisseau identifies 23 Fakes.”
Excerpt from the 2014 Examination of Jim White in White v Sinclair
Morrisseau Fakes Alleged (May 2001) National Post
(Article Excerpt) – Celebrated native Canadian painter Norval Morrisseau has identified at least 23 paintings sold recently at auction as forgeries, touching off an investigation that could lead to hundreds of phony paintings attributed to him.