Isaac BignellBlack Sheep Gallery

Self taught artist Isaac Bignell was a Cree painter, born on The Pas reserve, 400 miles north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. During his short life he lived in Winnipeg, Minneapolis and Vancouver. Isaac eventually developed his own style of sponge painting, creating wildlife images distinguished by flowing lines. His work is very popular, and many of his images, including those shown here, have been made into prints and cards. Although he died at the peak of his career at the age of 37, Isaac's presence lives on through well known first nations artists Russel Noganosh, who apprenticed under Isaac in 1979, and Garnet Tobacco, who includes Isaac as one of his artistic influences.

  • "My art is strongly influenced by the traditions of my people.
    I was brought up to live off the land from an early age.
    Hunting and trapping, living in harmony with the earth has
    taught me to respect the animals and the spirit and power
    of nature.  I hoop dance and sing Pow Wows to maintain
    my cultural heritage. Through art and dancing I attempt to
    influence native people to continue their cultural ways; the
    gift that was given to us by the Great Sprit."

    Isaac Bignell

Isaac Bignell

acrylic on paper
15" x 22" (approx.)

First Nations ArtistsOutsider/Folk ArtistsOrdering InfoContact UsE-Mail UsFirst Nations Links