They graze in a Toronto building courtyard; in Regina, kids ride the one downtown; and Bill Cosby has some. They’re Joe Fafard’s cows and you can see one or two in Sherbrooke this summer at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Sherbrooke.
Yet, in front of the museum is another barnyard animal: a huge rooster made of metal, standing 3 meters high. Saskatchewan born and still living there, Joe Fafard’s work is a sight to behold. The exhibition is divided in two parts: on one side the animals and on the other, the other facet of Fafard, his sculptures of humans, caricatures rather, getting to the soul of his subjects. No-one comes close to Fafard, the closest being those of Daumier, the great French illustrator who was also a sculptor.
Sculptor extraordinaire Joe Fafard poses with one of his barnyard animals at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Sherbrooke.