Carl Fontaine is an Ojibwa/Cree from Sagkeeng First Nations near Pine Falls, Manitoba. Born in Lac du Bonnet in 1961, he was first introduced to the art world through the influence of comic books which likely contributed to his lifelong fascination with the human figure.
He holds a Museum Technician Certificate, and has studied Advertising Art at Red River and Fine Arts at the U. of M.
Carl specializes in “people pictures”, painting through the eyes into the soul of his subjects. He is often inspired by archival images which reflect not only the prominent figures from his Aboriginal cultural heritage but also the anonymous warrior and family portraits that document the past.
He works in mixed media, laying a color ground wash and then delicately building up the subject through layers of watercolor, and/or chalk and oil pastel, colored pencil, pencil and acrylic.
He has been commissioned to do many projects for local businesses and associations, including Harvey’s, KFC, the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, and has even done some background design for Walt Disney Studios.
In 1991, he was awarded first place for his entry entitled The Great Chief Poundmaker from Peace Hills Trust, and the painting was featured on their 1992 calendar. Again, in 2003, Carl was a prizewinner and his work “Protector of Clearwater” graces Peace Hills’ 2004 calendar. In 2004 he was named TCIG’s “Artisan of the Year”.