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Artwork - Design for Textiles, Flowers & Leaves, Green & Brown, circa 1950s Object Reg. No: HT 24629

Small painting mounted on grey paper, featuring repeated pattern of leaf and flower shapes in green and brown. Painted by John Rodriquez, probably as artwork for a textile design. The work is the same design as HT 24630 and HT 24636.

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.
Small piece of off-white paper mounted on grey paper with glue. Painted with a repeated design of leaf and flower shapes in green and brown against an off-white background. The edges of the paper are pinked (cut in zig-zag shape). The grey mounting paper has been folded across one corner in the past and is deeply creased.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 241 mm (Height), 292 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Size of actual artwork.

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Tagged with: textiles, fabric designs, handcrafts, artworks, innovation design
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
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s
Place & Date Manufactured: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s

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