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Title

Ginger in Japan

1981


Artist

Martin Sharp

Australia

21 Jan 1942 - 01 Dec 2013


About

Martin Sharp was a bona fide pop artist of the 1960s and pioneer of appropriation in Australian art. In his work, 'Ginger in Japan', Sharp has cheekily inserted Australian comic book character Ginger Meggs into the landscape of a Japanese ukiyo-e wood block print. Here, Sharp has irreverently combined high and low art, a practice he instigated in his 'artoon' series of paintings in the early 1970s. This image would later be reworked into a major painting by Sharp and his collaborator Tim Lewis in 1996.


Details


Date

1981


Media category

Print


Materials used

screenprint, printed in colour, from multiple stencils on wove paper


Edition

16/50


Dimensions

50.2 x 38.5 x 1.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. in margin, blue pencil "M. Sharp 81".


Credit

Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

None


Accession number

568.2018


Artist information

Martin Sharp

Works in the collection

36