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LOT 028

Joseph Hector Yvon (Joe) Fafard
1942 - 2019

bronze sculpture with powder coating
signed, editioned AP III and dated 2005
23 1/4 x 24 x 41 in 59.1 x 61 x 104.1 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $46,250

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Estate of the Artist

Joe Fafard is one of Canada’s finest sculptors. He worked in both clay and bronze, and in 1985 he opened his own foundry in Pense, Saskatchewan. This allowed him complete control over every aspect of production, and he created an exceptional body of bronzes, depicting people and animals. Fafard was well aware of anatomy, and the structure and solidity of the colt’s body is apparent, but surface is also important in this sculpture. It is highly texturized, suggesting a rough, furry hide, and the powder coating on the bronze gives a natural, variegated colouration to the colt. Fafard varied the scale of his works – his horses ranged from tiny to life-size. But no matter what the size, Fafard always captured the inner essence of each animal he portrayed. In Christoffer’s gentle eyes and relaxed, reclining stance, we feel the innocence and trust of the young horse. Typical of Fafard, he named the colt, reinforcing its individual character, a practice that hearkened back to his life growing up on a farm. That Fafard captured such a living presence in Christoffer is one of the mysteries of his extraordinary work.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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