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|David Thauberger is known for his paintings of the
vernacular architecture and cultural icons of Saskatchewan. Together
with his paintings of popular culture and postcard images of tourist
meccas far and wide, his images of Saskatchewan are articlate debates
involving art, culture, and how we view our world, presenting a
hyper-real picture of our context that transcends regionalism while
capturing the heart of what it means to be from Saskatchewan.
Thauberger's achievements were recognized recently when he was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and again in 2017 when he received a Canada 150 Award. He was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2008, is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Medal in 2012, the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Artist Award in 2009 and is member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.When
named as a Member of the Order of
Canada, he was cited
for his contributions to "the promotion and preservation of Canadian
heritage and folk art in the province of Saskatchewan, in addition to
his work as a painter, sculptor and educator."
Thauberger has become
known as an iconoclastic artist, creating colourful portraits of
vernacular prairie buildings, legion halls, quonset huts, false fronted
shops and inner-city bungalows.
David Thauberger was born in Holdfast. He studied ceramics at
the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, where ceramic sculptor
David Gilhooly served as an early mentor, inspiring Thauberger and
others to create art that was rooted in their own life experience and
their own geographical region. He earned his BFA in 1971 and his MA in
1972 from California State University (Sacramento). He then studied
with Rudy Autio at the University of Montana in Missoula, earning his
MFA in 1973.