Memorable Manitobans: Hubert A. Garnier (1903-1987)
Born at Chasseneuil, France in 1903, son of composer and violinist Emile Garnier (?-?) and Marie Theresa Garnier (1880-1981), he came to St. Boniface with his family in 1913 and attended Provencher School.
He studied art at the Winnipeg School of Art, Civic Art Institute in Chicago, and the University of British Columbia. Before returning to Winnipeg, he apprenticed in 1923 and 1924 with artists in Paris, New York, and Chicago, including Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor who directed the carving of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. In 1932-1934, he studied anatomy at Vancouver under artist Charles Marega during a night course given to medical students at the University of British Columbia.
Garnier worked in a variety of media, including stone, metal, and brick. One of his specialities was crests and other official emblems. An exposition of his architectural sculptures was presented in 1976 at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre. His work is displayed around Canada.
In 1942, he married singer Rolande Rozière and they had a daughter.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 127 Bank Avenue, on 27 February 1987.
Some of his sculptural works in Manitoba included:
Obituary [Marie Therese Garnier], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1981, page 32.
“Well-known city sculptor Hubert Garnier dies at 83,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 1987, page 36.
Belgian War Memorial, City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, January 1995.
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This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 June 2023