Artwork by Joe Fafard,  Capillery III

Joe Fafard
Capillery III

laser-cut steel with powder coating
incised signature and 2008 on the base
7.5 x 9.75 x 1.25 ins ( 19.1 x 24.8 x 3.2 cms ) ( overall )

Sold for $3,540.00
Sale date: May 29th 2018

Nouveau Gallery, Regina
Private Collection, Saskatchewan
Inspired by the process of etching in traditional print making, Fafard sought to incorporate the techniques of sculpture and etching with laser-cut techniques to produce delicate pieces balancing between traditional and progressive sculptural practices. True to the artist's devotion to the farm animal, the horses in this “Capillery” series focused on not only the exterior form in motion, but explored deeper into the physical capillary network within the animal. This focus highlights the formal qualities of line and form, referencing the process of etching, while signifying the vitality of the horse.

This sculpture is the third in an edition of 7.

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Joe Fafard
(1942) 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.