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Martin Sharp, 1980

William Yang

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 54.0 cm x 40.4 cm, image: 44.5 cm x 29.8 cm)

Martin Sharp AM (b. 1942) is a printmaker, painter, cartoonist, designer, songwriter and film-maker. Born in Sydney, Sharp was founding co-editor with Richard Neville and Richard Walsh of Oz magazine, contributing humorous and often lewd cartoons to the controversial journal. When he and Neville re-located Oz to London, Sharp continued as art director, producing psychedelic rock-star and 'legalise pot' posters that were sold through the magazine. For a time he lived with Eric Clapton, collaborating with him on song lyrics and designing album covers for his band, Cream. Returning to Australia in 1969 Sharp helped set up the 'Yellow House', an artists' space at Potts Point in Sydney which became a focus of the underground art scene of the 1960s. Sharp is well known for his poster designs for the Nimrod theatre in the 1970s, and for his obsessions with Tiny Tim, toys and Luna Park.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003
© William Yang

Accession number: 2003.117

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

William Yang (age 37 in 1980)

Martin Sharp (age 38 in 1980)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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Interview with Martin Sharp and Garry Shead video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp and Garry Shead video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp and Garry Shead video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp and Garry Shead video: 2 minutes

Martin Sharp by Garry Shead

Portrait story

Artists Garry Shead and Martin Sharp recount their friendship and the creation of Martin's portrait.

Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes
Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes
Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes
Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes

Patrick White by William Yang

Portrait story

An interview with photographer William Yang who recalls his encounters with the author Patrick White.

Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes

Young Mo (Roy Rene)

'The artist's notebook'

Portrait story

An interview with Australian artist and collector of quirky artefacts, Martin Sharp.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.