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Driving Rain
acrylic painting, mixed media, high realism, holiday,innovative, place, cultural reference, air brush, clean line, place, intense colour, funk,folk art, travel, popular culture, travel destinations,Easter Islands, monument, sculpture, weather, storm, non-verbal commentary,exotic places, travel,, painting, nails, monolithic statues
description

In his  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (Artlex.com)  compositions Thauberger usually uses a direct view of a carefully selected subject. His  subjectA topic or idea represented in an art work.  matter often celebrates a unique character or a place in the world, but it does not reference any specific human being. His  styleA way of doing something. Use of materials, methods of working, design qualities and choice of subject matter reflect the style of the individual, culture, movement, or time period.  of  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (Artlex.com)  uses extremely clean lines and intense colour. Thauberger is not afraid of breaking traditional boundaries and he is always open to developing new ideas.

additional resources Adding Physical Elements to His Painting
Duration: 2:41 min
Size: 11770kb
How He Got His Start
Duration: 2:51 min
Size: 13125kb
How Saskatchewan Folk Artists Influenced His Work
Duration: 2:48 min
Size: 12590kb
Interview with Timothy Long - Funk Art and the Regina Clay Movement
Duration: 3:35 min
Size: 15193kb
The Driving Rain
Duration: 2:04 min
Size: 9272kb
Using a Camera as a Sketching Tool & Using Tape to Mask an Image
Duration: 2:18 min
Size: 9972kb
Things to Think About
  • Look for examples of artists who use the weather as a  subjectA topic or idea represented in an art work.  for their paintings and sculptures. Why do many artists work with that theme? How have other artists suggested a storm in their works? How is Driving Rain a play on words and images? The work is humorous but it also has an "edge". What else do you think Thauberger is suggesting?
  • Thauberger did not travel to Easter Island to make this painting. Why might he want to paint this image without the experience of a visit to the island? Research to learn why the sculptures on Easter Island were made and how they were constructed.

  • Research an interesting destination like Easter Island. What other world communities have built and used large sculptural forms for religious or cultural purposes?
Easter Island
Studio Activity

Travel artwork

Like David Thauberger, you don’t have to travel to a place to create an artwork about it.

  • Peruse travel brochures or travel magazines or online travel destination sites to find a place you would like to visit.
  • Find out more about that location and make an artwork or poster to promote this as a holiday destination.

Travel your home

  • Explore your environment for a unique landscape or a place with an interesting history.
  • Research the local archives, or interview a local resident to learn more information about this place.
  • Write a short essay.

Inspiration

  • Look for an artist you admire and emulate that artist's style.
  • Use the artwork for inspiration, yet change the work to some extent to make it your own.
References

Balfour Bowen, Lisa.  All that Glitters.’  The Sunday Sun, March 5, 1989.

Murray, Joan.  ‘David Thauberger: Popular Image King.’  Vie Des Arts, Vol. XXI, #124, Sept. 1986.

Tousley, Nancy.  ‘Thauberger Takes Postcard Holiday.’  The Calgary Herald, Aug. 19, 1982.

Tousley, Nancy. ‘Putting Things In Place: David Thauberger’s Vernacular Style.’ in David Thauberger Paintings 1978 – 1988, Exhibition catalogue.  Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1988.

Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning