Teal Christmas card - Tahiti

Nobby Clark

Type Illustration
Title Teal Christmas card - Tahiti
Name given by the NZGDA.
Measurements.Dimensions 110mm by 150mm
These are the dimensions of the card when it is closed.
Measurements.Dimensions 110mm by 300mm
These are the dimensions of the card when it is open.
Materials.Medium Ink
Materials.Support Card
Materials.Medium Indian Ink
This was used in the creation of the original image.
Techniques Offset printing
One colour - black
Techniques Painting
The original image was created using brush and ink.
Creator.Personal name Nobby Clark
Role Illustrator
Clark created the original illustrations for the card.
Creator.Corporate name TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited)
Role Commissioner
TEAL commissioned this work from an agency, probably Haythorn Thwaite Advertising. The TEAL account was regarded as one of the best accounts to work on as the company encouraged freedom of dsign and offered a high budget. Clark worked on the TEAL account for 4 to 5 years at different agencies.
Date.Creation 1950's
This is an approximate date.
Location.Current Site NZGDA collection
ID Number.NZDA Number nzgda_dp_nc_i_122
Style/Period.Style 1950's
This is the time period in which the image was created.
Culture New Zealand
The culture in which the image was created.
Culture Tahitian
A stylised, Westernised view of life on Tahiti is shown on this card.
Culture Oceanic
This work shows a stylised, Western view of life in the Oceanic region.
Culture South Pacific
This work shows a stylised, Western view of life in the South Pacific region.
Subject Man, woman, sailor, shirt, guitar, table, glass, cigarettes, bottle, fruit, pineapple, lei, hibiscus, screen, beard, moon, palm trees, leaf, hills
Subject Tahiti
A Westernised view of Tahiti is shown in this work.
Relation.part of TEAL Christmas cards
This card is part of a series of four Christmas cards that were created for TEAL by Nobby Clark. He recalls that TEAL commissioned them for one year only.
Description Cover. Image and text. The only text on the cover of this Christmas card reads; 'Tahiti on the Teal Coral Route'. The black and white illustration is centred in the middle of the card. There are three people in the illustration. In the foregound of the illustration is a seated woman playing the guitar. She is wearing a spotted blouse and has a lei around her neck. There is a hibiscus behind her ear. She is sitting in front of a screen. To the back left of this woman is another woman who is standing. She is carrying a tray that has fruit on it. She is wearing a dress that is patterned with flowers. She too has a hibiscus flower behind her ear and is wearing a lei around her neck. There is an open doorway behind the standing woman. Through the doorway hills, palm trees, sea and sand, boats and the sun can be seen. On the left side of the doorway a sailor is seated at a table. He is wearing a hat and a shirt that has a traditional sailor style collar. In his right hand he is holding up a glass, in his left is a lighted cigarette. The table in front of him is round and has a bottle, glass, open packet of cigarettes and banana on it. The complete illustration has been designed to create an oval shape. The text runs directly under the illustration. [AAF]
Description Card inner. Image and text. In the top left corner of the card is a poem by Rupert Brooke. Underneath the words 'Rupert Brooke' is a small illustration of a woman in indigenous clothing who is dancing. To the right of the woman and centred across the middle of the card are the words; 'A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year'. [AAF]
The illustration of the woman has also been used on the cover of the ticket folder designed by Clark. (nzgda_dp_nc _i_120).
Source Nobby Clark
From discussions between Clark and AM, 08. and 09. 2000. In discussion with AAF 08. 2001.
Source Abigail Fox
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation 08. 2001.
Source Amy MacKinnon
Researcer. 2000.
Rights Copyright
Permission to present this work in the NZDA has been given by the artist.