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Item Name: Print
Title: Dolly and Bill
Maker: David Thauberger
Year: 1979
Country: Canadian
Measurements: in frame: 79.5 cm x 67 cm; work: 58.5 cm x 74 cm
ID Number: ART 030
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: David Thauberger likes to experiment with materials and techniques in his paintings and printmaking, often incorporating unconventional items such as letraset and glitter. This silkscreen features a flocking technique in which velvet fuzz has been added to parts of the print. Thauberger developed this method with master printmaker Bill Lobchuk at the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop in Winnipeg. Established in 1968 by a group of young enthusiastic artists, this printmaking studio fostered experimentation in printmaking for many artists across the prairies, including Thauberger. The title of this image, “Dolly & Bill” refers to the names of the two horses standing in the field. They are a matched team of work horses, a heavier breed used to pull plows and wagons in early prairie agriculture. Thauberger places them nose to nose in the middle of the image. The symmetrical composition and the black velvet flocking emphasize the solid strength of the horses, giving the image a sense of calm and stability. 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), the Queen's Diamond Medal (2012), and the Canada 150 Award (2017). He has exhibited internationally, and his work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery (Ottawa) and CocaCola (USA).