Saturday, July 25, 2020

Artist of the day, July 25, 2020: Martin Sharp, an Australian artist, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker (#1051)

Martin Ritchie Sharp (1942 – 2013) was an Australian artist, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker.
Sharp was called Australia's foremost pop artist. Sharp co-wrote one of Cream's best known songs, "Tales of Brave Ulysses", created the cover art for Cream's Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire albums. He also designed at that time a controversial poster titled "Rasputin & his London Popes" for an antique shop in Barcelona run by a young Spanish photographer named Alexis de Vilar.

For the most of the 1970s and beyond, Sharp's work and life was dominated by two major interests: Sydney's Luna Park and the entertainer Tiny Tim.

Sharp's involvement with the restoration of Luna Park in the 1970s proved a bittersweet experience. A year later, as pressure mounted to redevelop the prime harbourside site, an arson attack in the Luna Park Ghost Train claimed seven lives, including a father and his two sons. The Luna Park fire was a turning point in Sharp's life; like many others he firmly believed that the fire was a deliberate act of terrorism aimed at destroying the park and making the site available for redevelopment and in a 2010 interview on the ABC Radio National program The Spirit of Things, he revealed that the fire and the circumstances surrounding it had exerted a profound effect on his spiritual outlook.

Sharp first saw performer Tiny Tim at the Royal Albert Hall in 1968 at the suggestion of Eric Clapton. From that time on, Tiny Tim was one of Sharp's strongest inspirations.

"Tim's appropriation of song is very much like my appropriation of images. We are both collagists taking the elements of different epochs and mixing them to discover new relationships."

Sharp maintained a lifelong friendship with artist Lin Utzon, daughter of the Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon. The Danish architect was controversially forced from his uncompleted masterpiece in 1966 and secretly left Australia with the aid of Sharp's mother.

In the mid-1990s, Sharp helped broker a reconciliation between the Sydney Opera House and Jørn Utzon, who subsequently developed a set of design principles to guide the building's future.

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Mr. Martin Sharp

  Max Ernst, the Birdman

 Cannabis: The Putting together of the Heads

 Live. Give. Love

 Mr. Tambourine Man

 Oz is a new magazine
Cover, 1967
 Oz Magazine


 Sunshine Superman [Donovan]

poster, 1968

Album Cover, 1968


 Oz Magazine

 The Virtuoso voice of Miss Jeannie Lewis ... presents Gypsy Train

 We are them... They are us .... Moratorium

 Cover for Art Book

 Man Walking on the Moon

 Warm Red Boof Head

 Eternity, Haymarket

 Paris Visions

 Paris, Pandora's Cross

 The Venetian Twins, Nimrod

 The Festival of Sydney

 Adelaide Festival
 March 1982

 Tiny Tim Eternal Troubadour Opera House
5 Sept. 1982


 Regular Records 1979-1989, Boxed Set

 Art Galaxy

 Lest We Forget

 Tiny (Tim) Paddo Market

 The Sydney Opera House Is 10

 Tiny Tim

 The thousand dollar bill

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