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Item Name: Painting
Title: Bluebirds
Maker: David Thauberger
Year: 1977
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: overall: 135.2 cm x 117.5 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.88.1
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Throughout his art career, David Thauberger has experimented with a variety of materials and stylistic approaches. He is best known for a controlled method of painting that lacks expressive brushstrokes, which he says, “take(s) the wrist out of painting” and gives his subject matter a solid and stately presence. In this series of paintings, he uses acrylic paint to depict a series of birds, arranged into patterned compositions. Thauberger may have been influenced by Pop Artists such as Andy Warhol, who often used imagery from everyday life and production techniques to comment on mass-production. Thauberger continues to experiment with pattern, printmaking, and painting methods, finding inspiration in subjects from his local surroundings such as animals, buildings, and the austere prairie landscape. David Allan Thauberger (1948 – ) has contributed greatly to the promotion and preservation of Canadian heritage and folk art in the province of Saskatchewan. Born in Holdfast, studied ceramics at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, and earned his BFA in 1971. He credits a visiting artist, the “Funk Art” ceramic sculptor David Gilhooly with the inspiration to reject modernism and to create artwork based on personal life experience. Thauberger earned his MA (1972) from California State University and then an MFA (1973) in Missoula, Montana before returning to Regina. Over his long career, David Thauberger’s work as an artist, collector, educator and philanthropist have been recognized with the Order of Canada (2008), the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Artist Award (2009), the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2012) and the Queen's Diamond Medal (2012). He has exhibited internationally, and his work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery (Ottawa) and CocaCola (USA).