LOT 046

1942 - 2019

David Suzuki
bronze sculpture with patina and acrylic paint
signed, editioned 3/7 and dated 2006
40 1/2 x 14 x 9 in 102.9 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $21,060

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, British Columbia

Joe Fafard’s bronze sculptures of figures include depictions of international artists, his friends, family and neighbours, as well as many well-known Canadians. Jean Chrétien, Emily Carr and, here, David Suzuki have all been the subjects of Fafard’s sculptural wit, which ranges from brilliantly acerbic to insightfully sympathetic in tone. In Suzuki, Fafard captures the essence of Canada’s foremost scientific naturalist and environmentalist, who has ranged from beloved to despised in the eyes of various beholders at various times over his colourful career. With characteristic simplicity, Fafard sculpts Suzuki as we have always known him - an outdoor-loving, outspoken scientist in casual dress, with rumpled hair and glasses. Above all, the figure's discerning gaze exactly captures his public persona. He looks right back at us, self-assured and filled with conviction. His earthy-coloured clothing echoes the wood of the forests of British Columbia that he has for decades defended, and his strength of conviction is summed up by his sandal-footed, defiant, hands-in-pockets stance.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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