Garnet Tobacco

Garnet Tobacco, a Cree artist, was born on February 6th, 1964 in Moose Lake, Manitoba. The Buffalo is his family crest symbol.  Garnet Tobacco is a self-taught artist who creates original paintings, limited edition prints, and carvings. Garnet, a prolific talent, has been painting for over twenty years and occasionally sculpts in soapstone and wood. He apprenticed under Isaac Bignell, a prominent artist who has passed away. Bignell’s style and form greatly influenced Garnet who is preserving it to this day. Fluid lines, soft earthy tones against simple stylized backgrounds are all characteristics that have attracted many collectors.  Some of the animals that he loves to paint are those common to the plains region such as bison, herons, eagles, and hawks, but he also explores the marine world with his salmon, whales and turtles, as well as some truly delightful works depicting subjects like the butterfly, hummingbirds and loons.  Garnet’s friendship with his teacher, Isaac Bignell, was something he treasured, so preserving Isaac’s style keeps his identity alive for many to understand and collect.  Garnet's work is distinctive and is characterized by fine, elegant lines, and an earthy palette.  His work has been displayed at the Art Expo in Calgary, AB.  Garnet has works in private collections throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, U.S.A and Canada.


Giver of Life
Acrlic on Paper
15" x 22"