"I have never been shy about cutting things up if I had a good idea. To me it was worth the price of a book for the idea it expressed, the interconnecting of different worlds. I could put a Gauguin figure in a Van Gogh landscape, make the composition work, and also say something about their relationship. (Tiny) 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." - Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp is an Australian artist, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker. Sharp has made tremendous contributions to Australian and international culture since the early 60s, and is hailed as Australia's foremost pop artist. The "acknowledged king of the UK poster scene in the 60s", his famous psychedelic posters of Dylan, Donovan and others rank as classics of the genre, alongside the work of Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, Hapshash & The Coloured Coat and Milton Glaser. His covers, cartoons and illustrations were a central feature of Oz magazine, both in Australia and in London. He also co-wrote (with Eric Clapton) one of Cream's most famous songs, Tales of Brave Ulysses, and in the 1970s he became a musical producer of singer Tiny Tim, and of Sydney's embattled Luna Park.
He has been exhibiting for many years since the1960's; with his most recent exhibitions including the ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, Sydney - Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston & Martin Sharp, 20 September - 19 November 2006. IVAN DOHERTY GALLERY, Sydney - The Everlasting World of Martin Sharp, 16 November - 23 December 2006. WHITNEY MUSEUM, New York, NY USA. - Summer of Love : Art of the Psychedelic Era, 24 May - 16 September 16 2007. Current exhibitions include ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM, Pittsburgh PA. USA. - Andy and Oz:Parallel Visions, 20 October - 30 December 2007.
Mr.Sharp is a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to the pop art movement and support for young artists.
Martin Sharp - Limited Edition Prints