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Item Name: Painting
Title: Bookends (diptych)
Maker: David Thauberger
Year: 1987
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic glitter, letraset on canvas
Measurements: overall: 228.5 cm x 167.5 cm
ID Number: PC87.1
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: As the title “Bookends” suggests, these two paintings by David Thauberger are a set, depicting neighbouring homes in the Cathedral area of Regina. Commissioned by Regina Public Library for this location at Sherwood Village Branch, they convey a sense of the similarities and individualities that form our diverse community. Although the houses are the mirror image of each other, the owners have personalized each home with paint and landscaping. In Thauberger’s architectural works, he is drawn to subject matter that is very indicative of place. He paints from his photographs and distills the essence of each building. In addition to his strong sense of colour, Thauberger uses fine details to create a sense of sharp focus and adds texture with letraset or glitter. His images have a larger-than-life feeling, more like a vivid memory than a realistic image. David Allan Thauberger (1948 – ) is an artist who has contributed greatly to the promotion and preservation of Canadian heritage and folk art in the province of Saskatchewan. He was born in Holdfast, and studied ceramics at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, earning his BFA (1971). The ceramic “Funk Art” sculptor David Gilhooly inspired Thauberger and other artists of his generation to reject modernism and create artwork based on their own life experience and geographical region. Thauberger earned his MA (1972) from California State University and then a 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).