Joe Fafard R.C.A.
Jimmy le Veau (Study)
The Fafard Aesthetic, the look and feel that has been ascribed to the work of this Order of Canada artist, is instantly recognizable in the clay study for Jimmy the Calf, as well as the small edition of bronzes that have come from it. Fafard was interested in the form over the idea of the subject, and his rurally-lived life gave him ample first-hand experience with the subject of his forms. Gentle, somewhat funky, often sweet, and always amusing, Fafard’s animals elicit a unique response in us. We can interact with them in way not possible in real life, and he confers on all of them a mantle of respect by rendering them as art in bronze, respect that we share as we gaze at them and admire their remarkable patinas.