David Thauberger - How He Got His Start

All through my growing-up years, I had no idea that I was interested in being an artist. I did the usual kinds of things, I went to school, played hockey, played baseball in the summertime. And that was pretty much about it. I was interested in sports like most young people of a certain age are. And when I graduated high school, I thought that I would like to be a school teacher, so I went to teachers' college for a year, and in the summer following the first year of courses, I took an art class, because it was a requirement for a Bachelor’s degree, you had to take something in the arts, it was either drama, or art history, or art, and I took an Art 100 class. And spent the summer, or several weeks in the summer, sitting in a classroom looking at slides of paintings, watching crazy movies by people like Salvador Dali, and spending the afternoons out in Wascana Park sketching the trees, and the buildings, and so forth. And I got really enthusiastic about that. And from there, one thing led to another, and I followed my own enthusiasm. I got very enthusiastic about art, and about the possibility of doing it, making it, and becoming an artist. And at the time there were a number of young artists who had just started teaching at the University in Regina. Amongst them was Joe Fafard, and I took some courses from him. Victor Cicansky was on the Faculty of Education, and although I never took any courses from him, he certainly was around the art school quite regularly. And then of course David Gilhooly arrived in 1969, I believe, and that’s when my excitement really got fired and took off. And then it was really when I went to graduate school in California, that I saw some paintings that some artists who were making paintings that I really admired. And that’s when I switched and decided that I wanted to try and make some paintings to see if I could make paintings like those people were making. I’m thinking of artists like William T. Wiley who was teaching at Davis, Robert Arneson of course, was teaching ceramics at Davis. Roy De Forest is another artist whose work I was starting to see. And one of the particularly exciting artists for me was Wayne Thiebaut, who was an artist who had a lot of history in the Sacramento area and I had never seen that work before. And I remember seeing at the local museum a painting of slices of pies, and that really got me excited about making paintings…I want to make paintings that look and feel and probably taste as good as something like that, if that would be possible.

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