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Artwork - Design for Textiles, Turtle & Dolphin Shapes, circa 1950s Object Reg. No: HT 24631

Pair of small paintings mounted on grey paper. One features fish and turtles and rocks, in a pattern reminiscent of traditional Indigenous artwork; the other features dolphin-like shapes in blue. Painted by John Rodriquez, probably as artwork for a textile design.

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.
Two pieces of off-white paper mounted on grey paper with glue. Each is painted with repeating coloured design. One features fish, turtles and rocks (?) in red-brown-yellow tones, in a pattern reminiscent of traditional Indigenous artwork. The other features dolphin-like shapes in blue, overlaid with brown pattern and green waves. The edges of each are pinked (cut in zig-zag shape). The grey mounting paper has been slightly torn in places.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 240 mm (Height), 192 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Size of one of two artworks adhered to single mount.

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Tagged with: textiles, fabric designs, indigenous cultures, artworks, handcrafts, aboriginal art, 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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