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Title

Miss Australia

(1975)


Artist

Martin Sharp

Australia

21 Jan 1942 - 01 Dec 2013


About

In this painting, Sharp appropriated a drawing made by the teenage daughter of his friend and newspaper columnist Ross Campbell—fourteen-year-old Cressida—painting directly over the original image. Campbell may have taken as her subject the newly crowned Miss Universe of 1972, Kerry Anne Wells, Australia’s first winner of the contest. Now an established Sydney printmaker, Cressida Campbell works in the medium of unique, hand-coloured woodcuts.

With its broad expanse of bright, flat colour, and simple, two-dimensional rendering of an icon of American popular culture—the beauty pageant contestant—Sharp acknowledges both the techniques and themes which characterise works of the pop art movement. Devoid of any erotic overtones which might be expected in the portrayal of a beauty queen, 'Miss Australia' shows Sharp at his satirical best, lampooning not only the notion of the artist as the lone creator, but also the very concept of the beauty contest in the age of feminism and sexual freedom.


Details


Other Title

Miss Australia - Painted over original drawing by Cressida Campbell (13) Greenwich


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

(1975)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on hardboard


Dimensions

181.7 x 147.3 cm board


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

226.1977


Artist information

Martin Sharp

Works in the collection

35


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Coventry Gallery, Martin Sharp (1977), Sydney, 1977. cat.no. 7; titled 'Miss Australia - Painted over original drawing by Cressida Campbell (13) Greenwich 1975'; priced $3,000.

Coventry Gallery, Martin Sharp (1975), Sydney, 1975. cat.no. 95; titled ' titled 'Miss Australia - Painted over original drawing by Cressida Campbell (14) of Greenwich'; priced $3,000.

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.