(1933 – 1996)
Eddy Cobiness was born and raised on the Buffalo Point Reserve in Manitoba. He was an Ojibwa Indian. Cobiness was a so-called “Treaty Indian” and he was known for including his treaty number '47' in his works.
As a child he drew birds in sand, snow or on cardboard. He discovered watercolour paints during his military service in the 1950s. He began by illustrating realistic outdoor, nature and village scenes. Influenced by celebrated Woodland artist Benjamin Chee Chee he initiated a more abstract phase of work. Eddie Cobiness worked in oil and acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink, and coloured pencil.
Cobiness was one of the founding members of the "Indian Group of Seven" which included Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Alex Janvier, Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig, Carl Ray, and Joe Sanchez.
Eddy Cobiness can be seen at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection exhibition Woodlands School. Queen Elizabeth II has work by Cobiness in her collection.