Figures In Landscape
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Figures In Landscape

c1962. Printed cotton fabric, initialled “R.D.” in image in each repeat, text including title and artist printed along selvedge, 219.5 x 116cm, 28.5cm vertical repeat. Slight stains, strip of corduroy machine-sewn along left side.

Text reads “Figures in Landscape by Russell Drysdale. Australian Artists Originals by John Kaldor Sekers Fabric.” Russell Drysdale was one of ten Australian artists commissioned by John Kaldor in 1962 to provide paintings to be used as textile designs for Sekers Fabrics. These designs were printed by Kanebo in Japan, considered one of the best textile printers at the time.

The other artists commissioned by Kaldor were Judy Cassab, John Coburn, Cedric Flower, Donald Friend, James Gleeson, Elaine Haxton, Clem Meadmore, John Olsen and Ian Van Wieringen. The artists’ paintings were exhibited together with their corresponding textile and were exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne in 1963. An article in Woman’s Day (1963) stated that “art-loving homemakers, who could never afford to own original paintings by famous artists … can now turn into fabric connoisseurs. They’ll be able to curtain their windows, upholster their furniture, and cover their cushions in fabrics designed by these artists.” Ref: Powerhouse Museum.

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Item #CL169-150

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