Prominent Canadian artist Joe Fafard will have three of his sculptures featured on four million Canada Post stamps to honour his contributions to Canadian culture.

Fafard is known for his animal sculptures but has a large collection of figure sculptures as well. His work represents agricultural Canada and honours the animals that continue to play a vital role in the economy and developing world.

Fafard, born in the small agricultural town of Ste. Marthe, Sask. during the Second World War, said growing up on a farm until 1962 greatly influenced his work.

The Canada Post Art Canada series features artists who establish and reflect a Canadian identity and culture though their work.

“The decision is made by the Staff Advisory Committee,” said Canada Post spokesman Eugene Kmapik. “They make decisions to create stamps that reflect a diversity of Canadian culture and feature artists from different places who do a variety of different works.”

The postage stamps will feature three Fafard sculptures—Smoothly she Shifted (of a cow), Capillery (depicting galloping horses) and Dear Vincent (a portrait of Van Gogh).

“We wanted to show the breadth of Mr. Fafard’s work. We have a work which is cast in bronze, there’s a modeled clay work, and there’s a work which is laser cut steel. So it covers different aspects of his career,” Kmapik said.

The three stamps not only represent Fafard’s versatility as an artist but also represent Canadians on the national and international level.

“I can’t think of a better ambassador [for Canadians],” said operations manager for Fafard Sculpture Inc. Lana Siman. “He is a very down to earth, very relatable person and certainly those characteristics are what we want to portray of Canadians.”

Fafard said his work is a direct representation of himself as a person and as an artist.

“I’m very proud… and I appreciate the attention that I’ve been getting from my country,” Fafard said. “I think I do [my work] with a great deal of integrity and sincerity and that is a quality that I hope shines from it.”

—Illustration by Alex Nursall