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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: Doug
Maker: Joe Fafard
Year: 1986
Country: Canadian
Materials: bronze with patina
Measurements: overall: 17.9 cm x 52.9 cm x 31.4 cm
ID Number: PC87.4
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Doug is one of Joe Fafard’s early works in bronze. In the early 1970’s, much of his sculpture was rendered in clay but in 1985, bronze became Fafard’s chief sculptural medium after successfully establishing a foundry in Pense, Saskatchewan. His insight and humour characterize his portraits of neighbours, farm animals, wildlife, and famous artists that he came to respect as he learned his craft. His bronze work is displayed across Canada, with cows being one of his trademark subjects. 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.