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Item Name: Painting
Title: Fish
Maker: David Thauberger
Year: 1973
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour; acrylic paint; paper
Measurements: overall: 80.6 cm x 64.8 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.85

Extended Label Info: For much of his art career, David Thauberger has focused on created art that is rooted in his environment and geographical region. Thauberger’s work gives a distinct window into subject matter, such as the prairie urban landscape or prairie wildlife. Often represented in repetitive and geometrically arranged patterns, the wildlife - in this case fish- appear to be travelling in unison as one society. Tinged with humour and joy, Thauberger calls attention to the importance of fish in our natural ecologies and cultural mythologies. David Allan Thauberger (1948 – ) is an artist who has contributed greatly to the promotion and preservation of Canadian heritage and folk art in Saskatchewan. He was born in Holdfast, and studied ceramics at the University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus. The ceramic “Funk Art” sculptor David Gilhooly inspired Thauberger and other artists of his generation to create artwork based on their personal experience, and region. Thauberger earned his MA (1972) from California State University and then a MFA (1973) in Missoula, Montana before returning to Regina. Over his 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).