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Artwork - Design for Textiles, Kitchen Utensils, circa 1950s Object Reg. No: HT 24641

Summary:
Rectangluar painting featuring repeated pattern of kitchen utensils in red and grey. 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.
Description:
Rectangle of off-white paper. Painted with a repeated pattern of kitchen utensils in red and grey, with yellow and black star highlights: spatula, whisk, spoon and fork, with shadows behind. Shown in two rows, one the inverse of the other. Strong crease across lower left corner. Other creasing throughout from rolling.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 558 mm (Height), 380 mm (Width)

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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
Inscriptions: Signed at lower right: 'Rodriquez'.
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s

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