(Australia 21 Jan 1942 – 01 Dec 2013)
78.5 x 78.5 cm image
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
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.).
Jill Sykes, Look, 'Martin Sharp, man of magic', pg. 24-25, Newtown, Apr 2014, 24, 25 (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.
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