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Greeting Card - Man, Woman & Child With Spear & Sticks, Grey & Brown, No. A0071, circa 1949-1955 Reg. No: HT 24672
- Off-white greeting card printed in grey and mid-brown with image of three people: man, woman and child. The man holds a spear; the woman holds what may be a digging stick, and appears to carry a bundle of timber. The inside right side of the card is printed in red and black with the head and shoulders of a woman in traditional Balinese-style (?) headdress outlined in black with red detail - the same image as HT 24693 and HT 24696. The images reference traditional artwork from Australia and Asia.
Probably by John Rodriquez around the late 1940s to early 1950s, when he began printing cards and handkerchiefs on his kitchen table.Museum Victoria has acquired a representative sample of the card series: 0052, 0053, 0055, 0057, 0065, 0066, A0068, A0070, A0071, A0073, A0076, A0078, A0085, 0088, plus four unnumbered cards. Only card A0076 - HT 24673 - is dated on the card: 'printed 1954'.
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.
- Off-white printed card, hinged at side. Printed in grey and mid-brown with image of three people: man, woman and child. The man wears a loincloth holds a spear and dead animal; the woman wears a sarong-like cloth, holds what may be a digging stick and appears to carry a bundle of timber. The child is naked. They are depicted against a mid-brown background, with linear and dot pattern above and below the image.
The inside right side of the card is printed in red and black, featuring the head and shoulders of a woman in traditional Balinese-style (?) headdress outlined in black with red detail. The headdress extended from ear to ear, with lines at each end suggesting hanging elements.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
|Dimensions:||152 mm (Height), 128 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||screen printing, handcrafts, artworks, 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|
|Tertiary Classification:||paper products|
|Inscriptions:||Stamped on back: 'A0071'.|
|Artist:||John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1949-1955|
|Place & Date Manufactured:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1949-1955|