"Martin Sharp Eternity". Wirian"
The subject of William Yang's dual portrait is Martin Sharp, the Australian artist and countercultural icon. Yang has photographed Sharp at 'Wirian', the Bellevue Hill mansion he and his mother inherited in 1977. Yang frequented 'Wirian' in the 1970s and 80s, and documented its legendary cultural scene in his 'My generation' 1975-2011 series. Looking back on those heady days at 'Wirian', Yang said: 'When you lived at 'Wirian', you were in this kind of fantasy world, a kind of dream world, and I think Martin encouraged that… there was a pull there, but you kind of had to escape from it' .
1. William Yang quoted in Joyce Morgan, Martin Sharp: his life and times, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2017, p 205
68.6 x 119.0 x 2.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. below image, pen and black ink "William Yang 2011 …".
Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© William Yang