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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: Cow
Maker: Joe Fafard
Year: 1975
Country: Canadian
Materials: paper mache,paint over chicken wire, metal rods
Measurements: overall: 122 cm x 219 cm x 54 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.11

Extended Label Info: The most common subject of Joe Fafard’s work was farm animals, such as cows and horses. This work “Cow”is an early work made of wire, paper-mache and paint. Later sculptures were cast in bronze, adding significant presence and permanence to his work. He represents livestock as they were in nature, making them as life-like as possible and as you might see them on a farm. His work provides an intimate, up-close view of these creatures, adding personality and reverence to his subject matter, which he so admired as symbols of perseverance and hard work. Joseph Hector Yvon Fafard (1942 – 2019) was born in the French-Canadian community of Ste. Marthe, SK. He earned his BFA from the University of Manitoba (1966), MFA at Pennsylvania State University (1968), and taught sculpture at the University of Regina until 1974. In 1985, Fafard opened Julienne Atelier Inc., a bronze foundry in Pense, SK. Joe Fafard has exhibited his work internationally, and received many honours: Officer of the Order of Canada (1981); Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Award (1987); honorary degrees from the University of Regina (1989), University of Manitoba (2007) and University of Saskatchewan (2012); Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2002); National Prix Montfort (2003); Lieutenant Governor’s Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for the Arts (2005); CTV Citizen of the Year (2006); and the Saskatchewan Arts Board Lifetime Achievement Award (2007). His work is held in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.