LOT 013

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

Valen
bronze sculpture
signed, editioned 3/9 and dated 2002
19 1/2 x 20 x 10 in 49.5 x 50.8 x 25.4 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $21,060

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

PROVENANCE
Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver
Private Estate, Vancouver

LITERATURE
Joe Fafard: "Valentina", Douglas Udell Gallery, 2002, reproduced, unpaginated
Terrence Heath, Joe Fafard, National Gallery of Canada and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2007, page 188

EXHIBITED
Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Joe Fafard: "Valentina", May 4 - 18, 2002, traveling in 2002 to Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton


Joe Fafard’s passion in depicting animals stemmed from his childhood experiences growing up on a farm. Of all the animals there, he found horses the most exciting, and they were the subject of his earliest drawings. After an extended period in the artist’s career when he focused on cows and bulls, the 2001 commission of five life-size galloping steel horses, The Bayshore Horses, renewed the horse as Fafard’s muse. Fafard was interested in the history of the horse’s symbiotic association with man, and how they transformed from their utilitarian role of the past to “become an animal of romance, an animal of pleasure.” Valen, a regal and refined horse, personifies this ideal.
Fafard’s horses can be read as portraits; they are bestowed with an individuality reinforced by his giving them names. Valen originated from a smaller sculpture entitled Val. Fafard became engrossed with how the scale of a work, when altered, changes the work itself. In Valen, Fafard captures not only the details of the horse’s finely rendered physical likeness, but also his personality, his life-like essence.


Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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