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Item Name: Painting
Title: Hares
Maker: David Thauberger
Year: 1976
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour with incised marks on paper
Measurements: overall: 54.6 cm x 72.4 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.87
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: One of Saskatchewan’s best-known artists, David Thauberger takes inspiration from his surroundings as his work depicts a regional sense of place and history. Through his distinctive graphic style, Thauberger creates images of architecture, landscapes and animals that describe a historical and present Prairie narrative. Viewers can immediately connect with this work, Hares, as these white, sturdy creatures are common to Prairie life, being present in the country as well as the city. Almost identical to one another but arranged in a specific pattern, Thauberger depicts these hares as in an organized fleet, imbuing them with a sense of order and majesty. 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).