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Joe Fafard, Piglet D

Joe Fafard, Piglet D (2013), bronze and patina [Emily Carr House, Victoria BC, Jun 6-16], Piglet D (2013), bronze and patina [Emily Carr House, Victoria BC, Jun 6-16]

Joe Fafard: Emily and Her Menagerie

Emily Carr House
Victoria BC – June 6-16, 2013

Joe Fafard, Emily’s Dog

Joe Fafard, Emily’s Dog (2005), bronze and patina [Emily Carr House, Victoria BC, Jun 6-16]


Joe Fafard, Emily Standing

Joe Fafard, Emily Standing (2005), bronze and patina [Emily Carr House, Victoria BC, Jun 6-16]


Award-winning Canadian sculptor, Joe Fafard, began his career in the mid-1960s as a student of the University of Manitoba (BFA), later earning an MFA at Pennsylvania State. By the early 1980s, he had made the transition from plaster and clay to bronze as his primary medium. He now produces work with the assistance of 10 technicians in his own foundry in Pense, Saskatchewan.

After a successful “pop-up” exhibition last fall in Regina, Fafard is bringing a show of works to Victoria, specifically designed for Emily Carr House. These shows, in keeping with current do-it-yourself ethics, are mounted outside the sphere of the traditional gallery space, This approach allows the artist a greater sense of control over how and when his work is displayed, as well as a giving him a direct connection with those interested in his lyrical portraits of people and animals.

Celebrated across the country for his sensitive public art installations of cows, horses and bison, Fafard’s work is masterfully rendered and accessible, each piece richly imbued with characteristics both funny and profound. Included in this show are several steel laser cuts of the little animals Emily kept as companions, as well as a life-sized bronze sculpture of her and her monkey riding a pony.

Christine Clark

























Joe Fafard, Ula

Joe Fafard, Ula (2013), bronze and patina [Emily Carr House, Victoria BC, Jun 6-16]

Joe Fafard, Archie

Joe Fafard, Archie (2013), bronze and patina [Emily Carr House, Victoria BC, Jun 6-16], Delhia (2011), bronze and patina [Emily Carr House, Victoria BC, Jun 6-16]

Joe Fafard, Delhia

Joe Fafard, Delhia (2011), bronze and patina [Emily Carr House, Victoria BC, Jun 6-16], Delhia (2011), bronze and patina [Emily Carr House, Victoria BC, Jun 6-16]


 Thu, Jun 6, 2013