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Joe Fafard
Joseph Hector Yvon (Joe) Fafard

(1942-09-02)September 2, 1942
Ste. Marthe Rocanville, Saskatchewan, Canada
DiedMarch 16, 2019(2019-03-16) (aged 76)
EducationUniversity of Manitoba
Pennsylvania State University
Known forSculptor
AwardsOrder of Canada
Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Joseph Fafard CM SOM (September 2, 1942 – March 16, 2019) is a Canadian sculptor.


Joseph Fafard was a twelfth generation Canadian born in 1942 in Ste. Marthe, Saskatchewan, to French Canadians Leopold Fafard and Julienne Cantin.[1] Fafard is a descendant of Jacques Goulet.[2] He received a B.F.A from the University of Manitoba in 1966 and a M.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1968. From 1968 to 1974, he taught sculpture at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus (now the University of Regina).[3] He was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Davis in 1980–1981. He received several awards throughout his professional career including being named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981, the Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Award in 1987, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2002, the National Prix Montfort in 2003, and the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for the Arts in 2005. He also received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the University of Regina (1989) and University of Manitoba (2007).[4]

Fafard met Ric Gomez and David Gilhooly in 1968 when he arrived at the Regina School of Art to teach pottery and sculpture.[5] They introduced him to Funk art and under their influence, he began making figures in clay.[5] Throughout his career, Fafard sculpted with plaster, clay, and bronze, which was his primary medium in the 1980s. His work was heavily influenced by his Saskatchewan surroundings, and ranged in size from handheld to larger than life-sized. In 1985, he opened the Julienne Atelier foundry in Pense, Saskatchewan, where he was based for the majority of his working years. At the foundry, he worked in series, producing portraits of well-known artists and politicians, including bronzes of Canadian prime ministers Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and John G. Diefenbaker.[6][7]

Fafard's works have been shown in Canada and abroad in countries including the United States, Great Britain, France and Japan.[8] In 2007, Terrence Heath curated the retrospective exhibition Joe Fafard for the National Gallery of Canada and MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina.[9] His art was featured on a series of postage stamps issued by Canada Post in 2012.[10] The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa installed his colourful Running Horses (2007) in 2011 adjacent to the Sussex Drive entrance. [11] He died at his home outside of Lumsden, Saskatchewan on March 16, 2019, from stomach cancer at the age of 76.[12][13]

Public works



  1. ^ Fafard, Joseph (2020). "Joe Fafard". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 2020-08-23.
  2. ^ "The Legacy of Joe Fafard, A Teachers Guide" (PDF). MacKenzie Art Gallery. 2007. Retrieved 2011-11-30.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Long, Timothy (2006). "Fafard, Joseph (1942-)". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Great Plains Research Center. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  4. ^ "Joseph H. Y. Fafard, LL.D., June 7, 2007" (Article). University Of Manitoba. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  5. ^ a b Tippett 2017, p. 219.
  6. ^ "Joe Fafard" (PDF). Galerie de Bellefeuille. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  7. ^ "Fafard, Joseph". The Canadian Encyclopedia. The Historica Dominion Institute. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  8. ^ "Biography". Joe Fafard Estate. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  9. ^ "Joe Fafard". MacKenzie At Gallery, Regina. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  10. ^ "Canada Post - Joe Fafard". Canada Post. February 23, 2012. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  11. ^ "Sculptor Joe Fafard happy to see fame spread". CBC. March 3, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  12. ^ "Renowned sculpture artist Joe Fafard dies at home in Lumsden, Sask". CBC. March 16, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
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  14. ^ "Scholarships - Students - University of Saskatchewan".
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