Kent Monkman is a Toronto-based artist of Cree and Irish ancestry. He produces work in a variety of media, including painting, video, film, photography, sculpture, installation, and performance.

Monkman draws inspiration from the histories depicted in 19th century art, including photography and Romantic painting, colonial portrayals of Aboriginal peoples and cinematic genres such as classic Hollywood westerns. Using these conventions, he constructs new stories through images that take into account missing narratives and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples.