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Artwork - John Rodriquez, Tracing Paper, 'Oriental Females & Foliage' in Watercolour, 1950s Image Reg. No: HT 17013

Summary:
Watercolour and graphite pencil design of women wearing kimono style dress, surrounded by foliage. Made in the 1950s by John Rodriquez, an influential Australian textile designer from the 1950s to 1970s.

John Rodriquez studied art and design at RMIT in the late 1940s and became well known for his screen-printed textile designs in the early 1950s. From 1950 to 1980 he was one of a handful of Australian textile designers who developed a new contemporary style with innovative use of colour. His designs in the early 1950s were mostly of Aboriginal or geometric style. Later he turned to more abstract designs in the Scandinavian style. Later still he made bold use of colour. Rodriquez introduced unique Australian styles which have been imitated often since. He always stressed the importance of innovation. Many homes in Australia and overseas still have his art works in the linen cupboard.

John Rodriquez retired in 1988, handing the Rodriquez company to his son Rimian, who has computerised the screen printing and mostly employs other designers for the products, but still uses a few of his father's most popular designs. Rodriquez passed away in 2000.
Description:
Watercolour and graphite pencil design of women wearing kimono style dress surrounded by foliage in red, blue and dark green. Fish shapes drawn in graphite in upper background. Linear creases from storage.
Description Of Content:
Watercolour and graphite pencil design of women wearing kimono style dress surrounded by foliage in red, blue and dark green. Fish shapes drawn in graphite in upper background. Linear creases from storage.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2006
Acknowledgement:
Creator of Work: Mr E. J. Rodriquez
Copyright Holder: Rodriquez P/L
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 212 mm (Height), 273 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions refer to folded configuration. Unable to measure item fully unfolded due to fragility.

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Tagged with: textiles, fabric designs, artworks, handcrafts
Themes this item is part of: John Rodriquez Textile Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Printmaking
Tertiary Classification: textiles
Format: Painting: Colour
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1950s
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1950s
References: Photocopies of old issues of Home Beautiful which display John's fabric designs have been offered by the donor.
Newspaper cuttings showing clothes made from Rodriquez-designed fabrics.

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