Ginger Meggs sings 'Mammy' at the school concert
21 Jan 1942 - 01 Dec 2013
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
colour screenprint on white wove paper
78.5 x 78.5 cm image
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Martin/ SHARP 79".
Not on display
© Estate of Martin Sharp. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Survey 14: Martin Sharp, National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne, 15 May 1981–04 Jul 1981
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
Referenced in 5 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 116 (colour illus.). cat.no. 97
Martin Sharp, Survey 14: Martin Sharp, Melbourne, 1981, n.pag.. not AGNSW impression; cat.no. 61
Jill Sykes, Look, 'Martin Sharp, man of magic', pg. 24-25, Sydney, Apr 2014, 24, 25 (colour illus.).
Jill Sykes, Look, 'Tale of two artists: a dance of fantasy and reality', pg. 18-20, Sydney, 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.