Work of the Month

2004.23.1D81

Bondi D81

Acrylic on paper

Avis had spent much of her spare time at Bondi Beach in the early 1940s, not only swimming, body surfing and sun bathing but also sketching others - the surfers and swimmers.

Here these activities are placed on the pattern of the waves. The predominant white and pale blue colours give a summery feeling.

This design was produced in Wellington to form part of the Portfolio that Avis took to England, the idea was that some of her designs would be bought by European textile firms, produced  and be exported back to Australia and New Zealand.

The design appeared on the cover of Douglas Lloyd Jenkins book on Avis "Joie de Vivre".