Search the collections
This item is on display at Melbourne Museum
Artwork - Design for Textiles, Female Forms, Blue, circa 1950s Reg. No: HT 24637
- Small rectanglar painting featuring a repeated design of stylized woman in dark blue on light blue background. 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.
- Small rectangle of off-white paper. Painted with a repeated design of stylized woman in dark blue on light blue background, with curves strightened into lines, and a separate line to the right of each body following outline.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
|Dimensions:||360 mm (Height), 240 mm (Width)|
|Dimension Comment:||Size of actual artwork.|
|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|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY|
|Inscriptions:||Hand-written in ink on reverse: 'J Rodriquez / KB375'.|
|Artist:||John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s|
|Place & Date Manufactured:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s|