LOT 034

1942 - 2019

bronze sculpture with patina
signed, editioned 5/8 and dated 2002
29 x 31 x 12 in 73.7 x 78.7 x 30.5 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Private Collection, Vancouver

Joe Fafard: “Valentina,” Douglas Udell Gallery, 2002, reproduced, unpaginated
Terrence Heath, Joe Fafard, National Gallery of Canada and MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2007, page 188

Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Joe Fafard: "Valentina," May 4 - 18, 2002

Joe Fafard’s passion for depicting animals arose from his childhood experiences on a farm. Of all the animals there, he found horses the most exciting, and they were the subject of his earliest drawings. Fafard was interested in the history of the horse’s symbiotic association with man, and how horses have evolved away from their utilitarian role of the past to “become an animal of romance, an animal of pleasure.” Valentin, a refined, beautiful horse, embodies this ideal.

This image originated from a small sculpture entitled Val. Fafard became preoccupied with how the work would change if he altered the scale, and he then cast this larger sculpture. By enlarging the size of the work, he said, “We feel a presence comparable to that of another person in the room.” Fafard’s horses are really portraits, imbued with an individuality reinforced by his assignment of names to them. Here the artist captures the living, breathing quality of Valentin, not only in the depiction of the details of his exquisitely rendered physical likeness, but also through the communication of the intangible – his character, his life essence.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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