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Sydney Harbour Bridge and birds


Sydney Harbour Bridge and birds

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Physical description

A gouache painting on paper. The Christmas card design features a section of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and two green birds. The colours used are reds, green and gold. There is a yellow post-it note adhered to the back that reads 'L026'.

Statement of significance

The collection comprises 409 individual art works, predominantly gouache on paper, created by the Balarinji design studio. The works were created by John and Ros Moriarty and various artists, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who were part of the Balarinji team. This collection augments the collection purchased by the Museum in 2009, which contains the primary source material for many of Balarinji?s influential designs. This collection is also related to the Balarinji Business and Design Archive which was gifted to the Museum in 2009.

Balarinji is the design label for the Jumbana Pty Ltd, a company co-owned by John Moriarty (Chairman) and Ros Moriarty, the first Indigenous-owned company to present the work of Aboriginal designers using their own iconocgraphy in culturally appropriate applications. Items in this collection reveal varied and particular designs that derive from many different and identifiable cultural areas across Australia. From its inception in 1983, Balarinji developed into a highly successful Australian design label sought after by Australian and international companies in commerce and the arts, executing commissions in both the public and private sectors. John Moriarty and Ros Moriarty were both recognised in 2014 for their contribution to Australian design by the Design Institute of Australia and inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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