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An image of Ginger Meggs sings 'Mammy' at the school concert by Martin Sharp

Martin Sharp

(Australia 21 Jan 1942 – 01 Dec 2013)

Title
Ginger Meggs sings 'Mammy' at the school concert
Year
1979
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour screenprint on white wove paper
Edition
artist's proof
Dimensions

78.5 x 78.5 cm image

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Martin/ SHARP 79".
Credit
Purchased 1983
Accession number
12.1983
Copyright
© Estate of Martin Sharp. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Location
Not on display
Further information

After a tumultuous career in London associated with the anti-establishment, Martin Sharp returned to Australia in 1970. His strong interest in popular culture is reflected in much of his work, including poster design and designing colours for the 'face' that forms the entrance to Luna Park. Among the figures from popular culture appropriated by Sharp in his art, Ginger Meggs is the most identifiably Australian - a well-loved cartoon character who first appeared in Jim Bancks' comic strip 'Us fellers' in 1921.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000

Bibliography (3)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 116 (colour illus.). cat.no. 97

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Tale of two artists: a dance of fantasy and reality', pg. 18-20, Newtown, Oct 2006, 19 (colour illus.).

Natalie Wilson., Notes from the river caves: Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp, 'Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp', Sydney, 2006. Website catalogue for the 'Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp' exhibition held at the AGNSW in 2006.

Exhibition history (3)

Typically? Australian, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, 15 May 1998–28 Jun 1998

Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999

Australian Collection Focus: Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston & Martin Sharp, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Sep 2006–19 Nov 2006