‘He’s got a lasting legacy,’ says friend and fellow artist Bill Lobchuk
An acclaimed Saskatchewan artist, well known for sculptures displayed across Canada, has died.
Joe Fafard’s family has confirmed his death at his home in Lumsden, Sask., on Saturday.
A written statement issued on behalf of the family said he died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones.
“Joe died the way he lived: simply, unpretentiously, in complete serenity, with a twinkle in his eye, but above all with the full love of his family and friends,” his partner Alyce Hamon said in the statement.
Winnipeg-based artist Bill Lobchuk had been friends with Fafard since they went to art school together at the University of Manitoba, around 50 years ago.
He said Fafard’s sculptures took Prairie imagery to almost every major city in Canada.
“I think he was a Prairie artist, and I mean that in the best sense of the word,” said Lobchuk.
“He established that imagery from the Prairies as unique.”