"Kanata Bella Futura" - by Joe Fafard
Joe Fafard is one of Canada’s leading professional visual artists who has exhibited a wide variety of work in galleries and museums across Canada and around the world. He is widely recognized as being at the forefront of his art, and his outstanding contribution to the arts have significantly raised the profile of both Saskatchewan and Canada on the national stage
In the early 1970’s 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, Saskatchewan. His insight and humour characterize his portraits of neighbours, farm animals and famous artists that he came to respect as he learned his craft. His work in bronze is displayed across Canada and his ‘cows’ have become one of his trademarks.
“I can’t put a finger on what compels me to make these things, but I keep doing it anyway. Well, it is a good way to live and make a living. I’m quite happy about it.”
- Joe Fafard