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Title

The Venetian twins, Nimrod

1979
printed 1982


Artist

Martin Sharp

Australia

21 Jan 1942 - 01 Dec 2013


About

Martin Sharp established a strong reputation for the originality and impact of his graphics whilst living in London during the 1960s, where he designed psychedelic posters and album covers for musicians and bands including Bob Dylan and Cream. Returning to Australia in 1972, he became more widely-known in Sydney for his establishment of The Yellow House artist's collective in Kings Cross, his role in the restoration of Luna Park and for his passionate championing of US singer Tiny Tim.

During the 1970s and 1980s Sharp was commissioned to design posters for Sydney's Nimrod Theatre. The latter, founded in 1970 by John Bell, Richard Wherrett and Ken Horler acquired a reputation during the 1970s as a home for exciting and innovative drama by a new generation of Australian playwrights.

First published individually during this period, this poster and six others were reprinted as a set in 1982 as a fund-raiser for the theatre. Six of the posters were designed to promote productions (this poster 'The Venetian twins, Nimrod' promoted the 1979 play 'The Venetian twins' by Nick Enright and Terence Clarke (after the play by Carlo Goldoni), directed by John Bell), while another was created to mark the 10th anniversary of Nimrod's establishment as a theatre.

For this 1982 (second) edition of the posters, new stencils were made and the posters were printed on higher quality paper than the original print run. Sharp also created sets and costumes for a number of Nimrod productions but is best known for the posters he produced.


Details


Dates

1979
printed 1982


Media category

Print


Materials used

screenprint, printed in blue, red and green ink from three stencils


Edition

450/1000


Dimensions

102.0 x 75.5 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., black fibre-tipped pen "Martin Sharp". Dated bot.c., black fibre-tipped pen "2.12.82".


Credit

Gift of Peter Kingston 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

224.2014


Artist information

Martin Sharp

Works in the collection

36


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Julian Meyrick, See how it runs: Nimrod and the New Wave, 'Chapter 5: Nimrod's repertoire 1974-79', pg. 111-130, Sydney, 2002, 129.

Survey 14: Martin Sharp, Melbourne, 1981.

High art: a history of the psychedelic poster, London, 1999, 140.