Scupltor, Anatomist & Educator
Fairbank’s numerous works include a bronze medal of courage presented to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill by Canadian Prime Minister William Mackenzie King, the monument to Lycurgus, the Lawgiver. in Sparta, and Rain, selected as one of the greatest U.S. sculptures for Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Other famous pieces include a bust of Abraham Lincoln and other figures for the U.S. Capitol. He also created many statues for Mormon Church temples and buildings. Avard designed the original radiator ornament for the Dodge Motor Company – a ram. He also created a winged mermaid for the Plymouth in 1930 and a griffin for the Hudson automobiles in 1933.
Another of his works include the heroic statue ”Lincoln, the Frontiersman” near Honolulu. One of the newly-minted Illinois State commemorative quarters shows the image of the young, clean-shorn Abraham Lincoln on the coin’s tail side. Honest Abe’s metallic likeness is based on a well-known sculpture by the LDS artist and educator Avard Fairbanks titled, “The Resolute Lincoln.” Avard designed the original radiator ornament for the Dodge Motor Company – a ram. He also created a winged mermaid for the Plymouth in 1930 and a griffin for the Hudson automobiles in 1933. Fairbanks was a pupil of the Art Students League of New York under James E. Fraser; Beaux-Arts, Grand Chaumiere and Ecole Modern, Paris; Yale, BFA; University of Washington, MFA; University of Michigan, MA and PhD. Awarded Guggenheirm Fellowship, 1927. He organized the teaching of sculpture in universities in Oregon and Michigan as well as in his native state of Utah.
I have come across many works of art by Avard Fairbanks and decided to create this page to link to all of them that I have documented.
- Fairview Museum – there are a lot of his works on display here.
The Springville Museum of Art has many of his works on display, including: