Sculptor Joe Fafard happy to see fame spread
Renowned sculptor Joe Fafard says he is pumped up by the notion that his art may soon been seen by millions around the world, albeit on a smaller scale than most of his work.
Canada Post is printing four million stamps, depicting Fafard's famed cows.
"These things will go wherever mail goes and mail goes everywhere," Fafard, from Lumsden, Sask., said Friday at an official Canada Post event. "So by the end of the year, if people use these stamps, I should have a reproduction of stamps in every country in the world."
Fafard, 69, will see three of his most famous works on stamps, as part of the agency's Art Canada series.
Fafard's work has been featured by the National Gallery in Ottawa.
One epic work, The Pasture, has seven bronze cows and is a centrepiece of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in Toronto.
"I'm very pleased to be able to remember my parents, my father, in this way," Fafard said, talking about his Métis heritage and the encouragement he received as a young man to pursue an artistic career.
He also noted that his father was postmaster in the small Saskatchewan town where he grew up.
"He's a very amazing man and a very amazing artist and having Canada Post a part of this, is a pretty big deal for us," Kent Rogers, a spokesman for Canada Post, said.
According to a biography in the Saskatchewan Encyclopedia, Fafard's mother made papier-mâché cows. She was a descendant of a Quebec wood carver, Louis Jobin, whose church statuary was collected by the National Gallery of Canada.
With files from CBC's Geoff Leo and Leslie-Ann Kroeker