Joe Fafard

Canadian, Officer of the Order of Canada

Joe Fafard

Joe Fafard was a Canadian sculptor born in 1942 in Ste-Marthe, Saskatchewan. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1966 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of Pennsylvania. After a few years of teaching, he devoted himself completely to his art due to the considerable success of his works.

Joe Fafard was deeply inspired by his environment, particularly the agricultural world, and developed a bestiary comprising horses, cows, foals, and other animals. His sculptures were characterized by striking realism and a touch of humour or friendliness. In the early 1980s, Joe Fafard received a commission for public art and started using bronze as a new material. He became deeply involved in this technique and even opened his foundry, Julienne Atelier Inc., in Pense, Saskatchewan.

Joe Fafard was honoured for his artistic work, and his sculptures are displayed in many museums and corporate institutions. He was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981, and his works earned him numerous titles and awards throughout his career. The National Gallery of Canada held an exhibition of his work in early 2008.

Joe Fafard's passion for art was driven by his desire to give Canadians a sense of the country's beauty and the creatures that inhabit it.

The National Gallery of Canada describes him as "a renowned sculptor for his works inspired by his environment and the agricultural world to which they pay tribute. His complex portraits of artists, writers, theorists, politicians, strangers, and friends" are a testament to his artistic prowess.

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