Avard T. Fairbanks Art

Creating a Statuette, Avard T. Fairbanks' Method

Medals, Medallions, and Reliefs
Created by Avard T. Fairbanks

presented by Eugene F. Fairbanks, a son

8.5" x 11", 152 pages, more than 150 illustrations and photos
Laminated soft cover, 2018. $25.00.
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Avard T. Fairbanks created many dozens of medals, medallions and reliefs during his long career. This book illustrates the diversity of his work, and gives some instructional information about them.

An idealistic and comprehensive definition of Art is: An Endeavor Towards Perfection. The purpose of all fine arts is a means of communication, and the finer the art, the more effective is the communication. The purpose is to render a message, an impression, or a mood to an observer and to the observing public. Relief sculpture, fortunately offers very good opportunities to present messages and transmit concepts more readily about persons, events, or emotions than free standing statuary, because there is usually a printed message or title. It can express moments in history or individual accomplishments. In addition, there is an opportunity to compose a story or explain an event with figures, symbols or by lettered words in the background or along the composition's borders.

Front cover: International Good-Will relief by Avard T. Fairbanks, one of the panels on the second set of doors (east entrance, 1931) he made for U.S. National Bank Building in Portland, Oregon.

Scroll down the page to see examples of reliefs in the book.
Lincoln-Douglas debate at Knox College
Lincoln-Douglas debate at Knox College
Courage medal Equitable Life Assurance Society
Madonna and Child low relief
Oregon Trail medallion low relief

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