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Joseph Hector Yvon (Joe) Fafard

Joseph Hector Yvon (Joe) Fafard
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 022

Joseph Hector Yvon (Joe) Fafard
OC RCA 1942 - 2019 Canadian

Diego
bronze sculpture with patina and acrylic paint
signed, editioned AP I and dated 2001
35 x 12 1/4 x 8 in  88.9 x 31.1 x 20.3cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Calgary

Literature:
Terrence Heath, Joe Fafard, National Gallery of Canada and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2007, reproduced page 196

Exhibited:
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Joe Fafard, February 1 - May 4, 2008, traveling to the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; the Glenbow Museum, Calgary; and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2008 - 2009, a work from this edition, catalogue #63

In the early 1980s, Joe Fafard began to create portraits of well-known artists whom he admired. He executed over 50 sculptures of Vincent van Gogh alone, and has created bronzes depicting Henri Matisse, Auguste Renoir, Emily Carr and Pablo Picasso. Fafard studied the lives of these artists in great detail, wanting not only to achieve their likeness physically, but also to convey something about the artist's work through the way he handled the sculpture. In his portrait of Diego Rivera, Fafard has captured the likeness of the Mexican painter exactly, especially his stance, which we can see in the numerous photographic portraits and films of Rivera. The patination and painted surface of these works, which is different on each of the bronzes in this small edition, recalls Rivera's blended brushwork and use of warm colours. It is his gaze that is the most compelling. Rivera looks out into space, caught fully in his own thoughts but still clearly observing something - unaware that we are observing him in a quietly intense moment. Fafard continues to work on his artists series to this day.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $38,350.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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