Editor's note: The following biography was published
in Resource Library on June 1, 2006 with text provided by Eugene
Fairbanks, BA, MD, second son of Avard Fairbanks. Eugene Fairbanks could
be reached at that time at 2607 Vining Street, Bellingham, WA 98226-4230;
E-mail: email@example.com; phone: 360- 733-3852; website: www. fairbanksartandbooks.com.
THE LIFE AND WORK OF AVARD TENNYSON FAIRBANKS,
BFA, MFA, MA, PhD, DFA, hon.
Sculptor Anatomist, and Educator
by Eugene Fairbanks
An outspoken advocate for the teaching of excellence and high principles in art, was one of America's most distinguished Twentieth Century sculptors, Avard T. Fairbanks. During an age when sensationalism was overemphasized, he diligently labored to create great masterpieces of lasting value. He endeavored to impart to his students an appreciation and awareness of the beauty of the human body, its structural anatomy, and its dynamic harmony. They have been taught to re-create not only the form, but also the action, and the expression of mood and personality. In reality, this is the manifest criteria that separates the artist from a craftsman.
An introduction to his biography is best demonstrated by his quotations about the ideals and significance of monuments in general.
In 1939, as his Lincoln The Frontiersman statue for Hawaii was nearing completion, a photograph was given to a visiting newspaper reporter. A few weeks later, much to his surprise and delight, a dozen of the nation's leading journals featured that portrait on the Lincoln's Birthday edition. the Detroit News printed it as a full page reproduction. this was a spontaneous editorial recognition of a masterpiece. The sculptor had molded into lifeless clay, the feelings, the animation and the character of a great historic figure, re-created in the vigor of youth.
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