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Mr. Fairbanks was a man of his time. His scrupulous attention to anatomical detail made him a super realist as he worked from the interior structure of the human figrue outward to an accurate presentaion of each turning of a mouth, drooping of an eyelid or flexing of a muscle. He saw the human figure, male or female, as an object to be venerated, a mirror of elevated spiritual and aesthetic vaules more than just simplistic replication. His works, whether religious, mythological, industrial or as versitic portraiture, carried the Fairbanks ideal that "The arts are created for contemplation and edification, the expression of the highest ambitions and the spiritual hope of a people."
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Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, "Avard T. Fairbanks: Distinguished American Sculptor, Scholar and Teacher" (1997). Exhibit Catalogues. 3.