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Ginger Meggs sings 'Mammy' at the school concert



Martin Sharp


21 Jan 1942 – 01 Dec 2013

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    colour screenprint on white wove paper
    artist's proof
    78.5 x 78.5 cm image
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Martin/ SHARP 79".

    Purchased 1983
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Martin Sharp/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Martin Sharp

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  • About

    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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    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.

Other works by Martin Sharp

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