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Item Name: Painting
Title: Museum Piece
Maker: David Thauberger
Year: 1980
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic, glitter on canvas
Measurements: overall: 114.5 cm x 173.5 cm
ID Number: PC92.3
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Known for his paintings of the local architecture and cultural icons of Saskatchewan, David Thauberger’s images act like delightful postcard of familiar scenery. Thauberger’s work often focuses on frontal views of prairie buildings that have become symbols of prairie social and community life, especially in rural areas. In his painting, Thauberger is highlighting an example of vernacular architecture that graces the prairies. Sometimes described as ‘folk architecture’, vernacular architecture refers to local traditional designs and materials used in buildings. With the faint outline of a vehicle visible through the double sliding doors and the gas pump in the forefront, this is a building not of grandeur but of function and necessity. As the title suggests, "Museum Piece" is to be preserved and cherished as a symbol of prairie life. 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).