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Item Name: Painting
Title: Wonders of Whiteware
Maker: David Thauberger
Year: 1982
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic, glitter, screen and letraset on canvas
Measurements: overall: 113.25 cm x 172.7 cm
ID Number: PC85.6

Extended Label Info: Known for his paintings of the local architecture and cultural icons of Saskatchewan, David Thauberger’s images act as a kind of delightful postcard of familiar scenery. Thauberger’s work often focuses on frontal views of prairie buildings that have become signs or emblems of prairie social and community life, especially in the rural areas. In his painting, Wonders of Whiteware, Thauberger brings a humble pottery store to the forefront. The image seems simple but the viewer can easily create a story that goes with it: perhaps it is family run establishment, and maybe it has been a part of the community for many years. This humble building is familiar in a way that captures a sense of rural Saskatchewan from times past. 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).