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Artwork - Design for Textiles, Stripes, Pink & White, circa 1954 Object Reg. No: HT 24632

Small painting mounted on grey paper, featuring pink and grey linear pattern, resembling a tiger's stripes. The paper has been re-used as a a painting of tulips is concealed on the reverse. 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.
Piece of off-white paper mounted on grey paper with glue. Paper is painted with pink and grey linear pattern, resembling a tiger's stripes. Painting of tulips (red, orange and purple with green leaves) concealed on the reverse. The edges of the paper have been cut to a slightly waved design. The grey mounting paper has been slightly torn in two places, and two corners have heavy creasing.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 272 mm (Height), 227 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Size of actual artwork.

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Tagged with: textiles, fabric designs, handcrafts, artworks
Themes this item is part of: John Rodriquez Textile Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Printmaking
Tertiary Classification: textiles
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1954
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1954

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