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Martin Sharp, c. 1974

Greg Weight

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 40.5 cm x 50.5 cm, image: 30.5 cm x 44.8 cm)

Martin Sharp AM (1942–2013) was a printmaker, painter, cartoonist, designer, songwriter and filmmaker. Born in Sydney, Sharp was founding co-editor with Richard Neville and Richard Walsh of Oz magazine, contributing cartoons to the controversial journal. When he and Neville relocated Oz to London, Sharp continued as art director, producing 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 in inner Sydney which became a focus of the underground art scene of the 1960s. Sharp is renowned for his poster designs for the Nimrod theatre in the 1970s, and for his obsessions with Tiny Tim, toys and Luna Park. In the late 1970s he was engaged to oversee the restoration of the Park, but in 1979 a terrible fire in its Ghost Train took seven lives. Amidst talk of redevelopment, Sharp and his supporters formed the Friends of Luna Park to lobby for its retention as a going concern.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Greg Weight

Accession number: 2004.104

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Greg Weight (age 28 in 1974)

Martin Sharp (age 32 in 1974)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Patrick Corrigan AM (123 portraits)

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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.

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Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes

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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.