Memorable Manitobans: Hubert A. Garnier (1903-1987)
Born at Chasseneuil, France, he came to Winnipeg with his family around 1913. He studied at the Winnipeg School of Art, Civic Art Institute in Chicago, and the University of British Columbia. Before returning to Winnipeg, he apprenticed with artists in Paris (1923), New York, and Chicago, including Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor who directed the carving of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
Garnier worked in a variety of media, including stone, metal, and brick. One of his specialities was crests and other official emblems. Among his most noteworthy works are the Belgium War Memorial and a granite monument on the grounds of St. Boniface Cathedral depicting the arrival of Bishop Provencher and the first settlers to St. Boniface. Garnier also provided sculptures for the St. Vladimir and Olga Cathedrals in Winnipeg.
He was married to singer Rolande Garnier.
He died at his Winnipeg home on 27 February 1987.
Belgian War Memorial, City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, January 1995.
“Well-known city sculptor Hubert Garnier dies at 83,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 1987, page 36.
We thank Jennifer Doyle and Norman Gould for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 February 2014
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