Martin Sharp Australian, b. 1942-2013

Martin Sharp was a printmaker, painter, cartoonist, designer, songwriter and filmmaker who was born in Bellevue Hill, Sydney. After finishing university at the National Art School in Sydney he moved to London, where he gained fame after becoming co-editor of magazine, Oz. A magazine well known for it’s humorous and satirical content. For a brief time in London he even lived with Eric Clapton and collaborated with him on song lyrics while also creating artwork for the covers of his albums. After returning to Australia in the late sixties, he set up a space in the suburb of Potts Point, which became a thriving hub of creativity for the underground art scene in the sixties.

 

Martin Sharp is best known for his 1960’s music posters, where he would utilize letters, photographs and cartoon figures into psychedelic patterns. In addition to this, he was also hired as a designer and artist to contribute to the restoration of Luna Park, in the late seventies.

 

Sharp died on December 1, 2013, in his home suburb of Bellevue Hill. Currently, his works are exhibited at The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.