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Garnet Tobacco was born on February 6th, 1964 in The Pas, Manitoba that is a short distance from Winnipeg. His tribal affiliation is Cree and he takes the Buffalo as his family crest symbol.
Garnet has been painting for over twenty years and occasionally embarks on carving soapstone. He apprenticed under a prominent artist who since passed away by the name of Isaac Bignell. His style and form greatly influenced Garnet who is preserving it to this day. Fluid lines, soft earthy tones in a simplistic background are all characteristics that have attracted many collectors to this Cree art form. The animals that are depicted are those common to the plains region such as bison, herons, eagles, and hawks.
Garnet is a prolific artist who only creates original works. His 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.
“This contemporary Coast Salish sun design is an attempt to mediate between the Hul’qumi’num language (the language of the Cowichan Tribes) and English. There have been various anglecized spellings of this Hul’qumi’num toponym (place name), such as “Cowichan,” “Khowutzun,” and the currently accepted “Quwutsun.” This Hul’qumi’num term has been simplified and misinterpreted as meaning “The Warm Land,” when it should be more correctly interpreted as meaning “warmed by the sun,” or “basking in the sun with your back turned to the sun.”
The four eclipsed suns surrounding the central sun symbolize the darkness of ignorance blocking Daylight, a powerful source of truth.”