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Greeting Card - Man With Tools, Blue & Red, No. A0076, circa 1954 Object Reg. No: HT 24673

Summary:
Off-white greeting card printed in blue and red with image of a kneeling man wearing a loin-cloth, and holding a vertical stick that extends to the ground (making a fire or tool?). A shield, boomerang, two snakes and two horseshoe shapes surround the figure. The image references traditional Indigenous artwork from Australia.

Probably by John Rodriquez around the late 1940s to early 1950s, when he began printing cards and handkerchiefs on his kitchen table.The Museum has acquired a representative sample of the card series: 0052, 0053, 0055, 0057, 0065, 0066, A0068, A0070, A0071, A0073, A0076, A0078, A0085, 0088. 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.
Description:
Off-white printed card, hinged at side. Printed in blue and red with image of a kneeling man wearing a loin-cloth, and holding a vertical stick that extends to the ground. A shield, boomerang, two snakes and two horseshoe shapes surround the man. The man is highlighted by a red-brown background, broken by blue dots.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 153 mm (Height), 128 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: screen printing, handcrafts, artworks, aboriginal art
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: paper products
Inscriptions: Stamped on back: 'A0076'. On sticker on back: 'Designed & Printed by / E. John rodriquez'. Written on back: 'PRINTED 1954'.
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1954
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1954

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