Joe Fafard R.C.A.
Albert and Victoria, 1988
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton;
Albert and Victoria is not only a fine example of Joe Fafard’s small works in bronze, it is also lovely play on words, and perhaps a bit of an inside joke. Are Albert and Victoria poking fun at Queen Victoria? She as the doting mother, and young Albert as her son, the second of Victoria’s nine children. This is the delight of Joe Fafard, his touches of humour and whimsy add a further layer of appeal to his works. Not only are they refined and genre-pushing, but they can make us smile, and sometimes laugh out loud, such was his ability to add, in addition to his multiple layers of rich patina, layers of hidden meaning.