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Patriot love of ‘folk-meets-pop’ starts national art tour

Rainbow Danceland, 1979, acrylic, glitter on canvas. Collection of Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada.

David Thauberger

Canada's a nation of regions – a fact that includes its various art scenes. A painter who may be a big deal in, say, Toronto has negligible traction in Edmonton, and vice versa.

Occasionally, though, a so-called regionalist achieves a sort of true patriot love across our vast home and native land.

David Thauberger is one such artist. Sixty-six in June, the Saskatchewan-born, Regina-based painter, ceramicist and printmaker has been wowing fans for 30-plus years with his clear, colourful, precise, folk-meets-pop depictions of Prairie farmhouses, dance halls, curling rinks and gas stations.

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He gets the big, national, retrospective treatment starting April 11 at Saskatoon's Mendel Art Gallery. It's the first stop in a five-city tour for Road Trips & Other Diversions, featuring works produced as far back as 1971, plus stuff Thauberger has collected and a 30-minute documentary.

Following the Saskatoon run, it travels to the Art Gallery of Windsor for a three-month showcase starting June 27.

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