The much-honoured Saskatchewan artist Allen Sapp has died at the age of 87.

Premier Brad Wall paid tribute to Sapp on Twitter on Tuesday, calling him one of the province’s greats.

Wall said Sapp’s brush strokes “told the story of the Cree and of Saskatchewan.”

A descendant of Chief Poundmaker, Sapp was born on the Red Pheasant First Nation in north-central Saskatchewan but most recently lived in North Battleford, where there was an art gallery bearing his name.

Sapp was an officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a winner of the Governor General’s Award for his illustrations in the children’s book “The Song Within My Heart.”

Sapp’s art depicted life on the reserve women working in fields, men hauling logs with horses, boys playing hockey.

(The Canadian Press)