50s church

Studio Ann 'Flynn's Church, Alice Springs'Studio Anna pin dish
made in Australia, 1950s

Studio Anna made souvenirware for tourists to take home from Australia in the 40s and 50s- and here we have a lovely pin dish from Alice Springs inscribed ‘Flynn’s Church.’ Clearly, Flynn’s Church was a] an important institution in Alice Springs and b] in Alice Springs.

I love the bland churchy rendering of this image- it could be any of a hundred churches built in the 50s – so I suspect it was mass produced for the many- but given a hand-inscribed name for the few.

I’m a great fan of Studio Anna – hand-renderings in ceramic glaze of the 50s and 60s in Australia- a wonderful portrait of the times. I have  amassed a sizeable collection – see several posts below.

The Studio Anna pin dish ‘Flynn’s Church’ is for sale: $AUD35

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50s Australiana

Namatjira printDown The Valley Towards Alice Springs, N.T.
Albert Namatjira print, Lennox Gallery, c.1950s

Albert Namatjira- a famous Indigenous painter- painted the work from which this print is taken in 1951. The print [“The surface hereof has been protected with a special transparent lacquer and may be cleaned with a damp sponge”] was made and framed by Lennox Gallery at some later date. [Presumably by someone with no regard for art but who liked clean surfaces.]

Albert Namatjira [1902-1959] was born near Alice Springs, and died aged only 57, at Alice Springs. Namatjira was a pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art; his watercolours of outback desert landscapes departed from the highly symbolic style of traditional Aboriginal art whilst playing with incredibly vivid colours in an overtly ‘Western’ style.

In the 50s, even white Australia could hang a Namatjira print. He captured the 50s zeitgeist.

As a landscape architect [of certain nostalgic leanings] my drawing office is full of framed Namatjira prints. But nothing prepared me for the reality of seeing a whole room of original Namatjira paintings at the National Gallery of Australia. ABSOLUTELY incredibly vivid and totally over the top. Forget zeitgeist, the artist was a complete genius.

This ready-to-hang [sponge-proof] print is for sale: $AUD85

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