Artwork by Joe Fafard,  Painter and His Model (Egon Schiele)

Joe Fafard
Painter and His Model (Egon Schiele)

chemical patina on bronze
signed, dated 2015 and numbered 1/3
28.5 x 10 x 10 ins ( 72.4 x 25.4 x 25.4 cms ) ( overall )

Sold for $6,900.00
Sale date: May 25th 2017

Private Collection, Vancouver
Terrence Heath, Joe Fafard, Ottawa, 2007, pages 192-93
Part of the “Mes Amis” series exhibited with the Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina, Fafard created this work, among others in the series, as an homage to the artists, friends and family members who influenced his development as an artist and his aesthetic. Whether close personal connections, colleagues or artists long since passed, each 'friend' who has left an impression on Fafard has been carefully crafted in fine detail to evoke the character unique to the subject.

On his newer works, the artist explains that “new directions are always necessary just for plain amusement. I know I’ll never amuse other people if I can’t amuse myself. Anything else would be condescending. So, in order to amuse myself I have to constantly be doing things that challenge me...”

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Joe Fafard
(1942 - 2019) RCA, Order of Canada

Nationally and internationally acclaimed artist Joe Fafard was born to French-Canadian parents in the small agricultural community of Ste. Marthe, Saskatchewan. He attended both the University of Manitoba (BFA 1966) and Pennsylvania State University (MFA 1968). He was at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina from 1968 to 1974 and visiting lecturer at the University of California at Davis in 1980 1981.

Fafard is one of Canada's leading professional visual artists and has exhibitions of a wide variety of work across the country and around the world. He is recognized as being at the forefront of his art and has significantly raised the profile of both Saskatchewan and Canada on the international stage. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981; received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2002; received the National Prix Montfort in 2003; and most recently in 2005, the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for the Arts.

In the early 1970s much of his sculpture used clay as a medium. In 1985 he shifted to bronze as his chief sculptural medium, successfully establishing a foundry in Pense. His insight and humour characterize his portraits of neighbours, farm animals, and famous artists that he came to respect as he learned his craft.