The following is a chronological listing of posters and other printed graphics including clothing, banners and publication covers by Australian artist Martin Sharp (1942-2013). More than 100 different items have been identified, along with variations pertaining to size, colour and date of issue. All were produced by firms such as Big O Posters of London between 1967-70, or by the artist whilst in Australia, assisted by a variety of printers, most of whom are unknown. A number of posters were included with London OZ magazine and those are listed at the OZ Posters blog. The posters were printed using a variety of methods - stone lithography, offset photolithography, silkscreen, woodblock engraving and etching.
|1962||Art Students Ball - Moulin Rouge. Screenprint, two colours, 50 x 76cm. The central image of Toulouse Latrec was also printed in part in the National Art School student newspaper The Arty Wild Oat, of which Sharp was one of the editors.|
|1964||OZ guide to the underworld. Screenprint, Sydney. Printed to promote OZ magazine. Features the cartoon detective Dick Tracey.|
|1966||God bless dear daddy who is fighting the Viet Cong and send him OZ. Screenprint, Sydney. The image is an adaptation of a famous World War One poster.|
|1967||OZ is a new magazine. Offset lithograph, London, 50 x 74cm. Produced to promote the new OZ London magazine of January 1967. In the style of Aubrey Beardsley. Reprinted in the 1990s.|
|1967||Legalise Cannabis: the Putting Together of the Heads. BOP1. Two colour offset lithograph in black and reddish orange offset lithograph on gold foil on card, 50 x 74cm. The first of the Big O Posters series, though not the first designed by Sharp. Numerous printings and variants.|
|1967||Blowing in the Mind - Mr Tambourine Man. BO1. Two colour offset lithograph in red and black on gold foil on card, 50 x 74cm. Proof copies in purple and black ink on silver foil, plus red and black ink on silver foil are also known.|
|1967||SEX! BOP2. Offset lithograph in pink, blue and black on silver foil, 50 x 74cm.|
|1967||Max "The Birdman" Ernst. BOP6. Offset lithograph in black, blue and pink on silver foil, 50 x 74cm.|
|1967||Sunshine Superman. BOP7. Offset lithograph in black, blue and red on silver foil, 50 x 74cm.|
|1967||Roundhuose UFO. Osiris Productions, September 1967, 50 x 74cm. Screenprint. A variant 42 x 59 cm was produced by Sharp for Diabetes Australia at some point during the 80s or 90s.|
|1967||OZ number 4. Promotional poster. Offset lithograph, June 1967, 50 x 74cm. A number of variant printings are also known, in gold, apricot and blue on paper.|
|1967||Lost Generation / OZ. Big O Posters. Variant of promotional poster for issue 4 of London OZ magazine, 50 x 74cm.|
|1967||Plant a Flower Child. Offset lithograph. Issued as OZ magazine number 5, July 1967, and then later separately. Colour variants include - yellow, purple, orange and black (proof).|
|1968||Live Give Love. BOP4. Offset lithograph in black on silver foil, 74 x 50cm.|
|1968||Jimi Hendrix. MS16, Big O Posters, London, 1968. Offset lithograph, various sizes.|
|1968||Vincent. Big O Posters, London, 1968. Offset lithograph, 50 x 74cm. Reprinted in 1971 with a lighter yellow colour. Subsequently reprinted in Sydney during 1990 by the Josef Lebovic gallery (refer below).|
|1968||Cream, Big O Posters, London. Offset lithograph, 50 x 74cm.|
|1969||Legalise Pot Rally. Martin Sharp and John Hurford. Show Your Head, Support Release, Legalise Pot Rally July 7th Speaker's Corner Hyde Park, blacklight poster, offset lithograph in yellow, lilac, red and orange or purple on vellum or paper, 20 x 30 inches. Signed by Hurford, OZ, London, printed by The Word. Poster for an OZ magazine-sponsored Legalise Cannabis rally at Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, London, on 8 July 1968. The image is a copy of the one originally published in OZ magazine number 13 of June 1968 and partially reproduced on the front cover. It follows on Sharp's Big O poster of the previous year for the Legalise Cannabis rally. The lettering in the lower left is also known in Dayglo orange.|
|1969||Spurt. Big O Posters, London, MS13. Celebration of the Moon landing, July 1969.|
|1969||Curtain Call. Big O Posters, London, MS12.|
|1969||Mickey n' Vince. Big O Posters, London, MS10.|
|1969||All you need. S'martiple 2 of 8.
Red heart on a surface. Lithograph on mylar, limited edition of 10, 73 x 98cm. MS2, Big O Posters, London.
Blue Moon, screenprint on paper, 1 of 10, 73 x 100cm. No date - probably around 1969.
|1969||Boo-Zoom. S'martiple 3 of 8. Floating breast. Lithograph on mylar, limited edition of 10, 73 x 98cm. MS3, Big O Posters, London.|
|1969||Coming Ready or Not. S'martiple 8 of 8. Flying saucer. Lithograph on mylar, limited edition of 10, 73 x 98cm. MS8, Big O Posters, London.|
|1969||Float. S'martiple 1 of 8. Floating red disc. Lithograph on mylar, limited edition of 10, 73 x 98cm. MS1, Big O Posters, London.|
|1969||Exclamation. S'martiple 5 of 8. Red loop. Lithograph on mylar, limited edition of 10, 73 x 98cm. MS5, Big O Posters, London.|
|1969||Don't Leave Me Here Standing All Alone. S'martiple 4 of 8. Erect penis. Lithograph on mylar, limited edition of 10, 73 x 98cm. MS4, Big O Posters, London.|
|1969||The Kiss is Coming. Screenprint on acrylic, limited edition of 10, signed and dated lower right, 'Martin Sharp 69', 73 x 98cm.|
|1969||Wot. S'martiple 6 of 8. Screenprint on acrylic, limited edition of 10, signed and dated lower right, 'Martin Sharp 69', 73 x 98cm. MS6, Big O Posters, London.|
|1969||The Flying Eye. S'martiple 7 of 8. Screenprint on acrylic, limited edition of 10, signed and dated lower right, 'Martin Sharp 69', 73 x 98cm. MS7, Big O Posters, London.|
|1969||Self-portrait with wandering eye. Silkscreen print, black ink on silver foil coated card, 52 x 76cm. Produced in association with a 1970 exhibition at the Australian Galleries, Sydney.|
|1970||Martin Sharp Exhibition, 22 May , 59 Macleay St. Potts Point. Lithograph.|
|1970||Cinemantics, London, No.1, 1970. Collage and ink cover of a British film magazine.|
|1970||We are them... They are us .... Moratorium. Lithograph, signed and dated lower right 81, 43 x 56cm.|
|1971||Jeannie Lewis - Gypsy Train. Lithograph, signed and dated lower right 81, 43 x 56cm.|
|1972||Trials of OZ, Anderson Theatre, New York. Offset lithograph, 68 x 104 cm, Scoop Printing Co., 1972.|
|1972||Brian Thomson and Martin Sharp. Face mask from a Yellow House event. Screenprint, 73 x 48cm, Kolossal Piktures. Edition of 84.|
|1972||Peter Powditch at Gallery A. Screenprint, 48 x 73cm. Coloured variants include - black, green and pink, also printed on foil.|
|1972||Australian Prints, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 45 x 70cm.|
|1976||Jeremy and Teapot … a film by Brian Syron. Screenprint, Earthworks Poster Collective. Martin Sharp and Colin Little, 38 x 63cm, limited edition of 200.|
|1977||Ginger in Japan. Colour woodblock, 36 x 26 cm.Exhibited The Martin Sharp Show, Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, 1977.|
|1978||Paris - Pandora's Cross. Screenprint, 76 x 101cm. Poster for the Dorothy Hewett play at the Paris Theatre, Sydney, June - July 1978.|
|1978||Paris, John Gaden - Kate Fitzpatrick, Louis Nowra - Visions, Paris Theatre. Silkscreen, 76 x 102cm, August 1978.|
|1978||Eternity Ball, Paddo Town Hall, Sunday, May 7th, 8 p.m.. Screenprint, 26.5 x 43 cm. Source: State Library of New South Wales.|
|1979||Patrick White - Signal Driver, Belvoir Theatre. Screenprint, 74 x 100 cm. Variants in black, red and white; blue, red and yellow.|
|1979||Australian Student Theatre Festival - Get your act together. Screenprint in colour from three stencils, 74 x 101cm. Attributed to Sharp, though not definitive.|
|1979||Street of Dreams / Ginger Meggs sings Mammy at the School Concert. Screenprint, signed and dated 'Sharp 79.' lower right, limited edition of 40, inscribed '3/40 To Celebrate Tiny Tim's World Professional Non Stop Singing Record Luna Park 12.1.79 Ginger Meggs Sings Mammy at the School Concert' lower left, 75 x 75 cm.|
|1979||Krazy 4 You! Jeannie Lewis, Peter Kenny at the Palms Cabaret. Screenprint, 28 x 42cm.|
|1979||Tiny Tim and the Time Machine. Screenprint. Advertisement for event on 12 January 1979.|
|1979||Luna Park - National Trust. Screenprint, 65 x 96cm. Printed by Cressida Campbell for the Save Luna Park group.|
|1979||The Lost Hokusai,
1979. Colour screenprint, printer's blind stamp lower left in
image, limited edition of 80, titled, signed and dated in pencil by
Sharp in lower margin, annotated in pencil by printer Kristin
Coburn verso, 29.6 x 79.6cm.
Annotation reads "Printed by Kristin Coburn." During the 1970s Martin Sharp gave the original Hokusai print of this image to a friend to take to Japan for appraisal. Unfortunately, the print was lost in transit. A distraught Sharp then approached Kristin Coburn (daughter of artist John Coburn) to create a screenprint of the lost image from a slide in Sharp's possession. Coburn meticulously hand-cut each screen for each colour to achieve a high quality result.
|1979||Venetian Twins - Nimrod. Silkscreen, limited edition of 50, 75 x 100 cm. Printer: A. McGregor. First version. Printed in red, blue and light green. Possibly also an edition of 100. Reprinted in 1982 and 1992.|
|1979||The Venetian Twins, Seymour Centre. 55 x 100 cm. Silkscreen.|
|1980||Fink's Circus. Screenprint, 74 x 101cm.|
|1980||Ignatz Paints His World. Colour screenprint, numbered, titled, signed and dated in image, 75 x 75 cm.|
|1980||Save Luna Park Day. Screenprint, in blue / red or green / red.|
|1980||With A Little Help
From My Friends [John Lennon], 1980. Colour screenprint, initialled
"S" in image lower right, 75.6 x 50.6cm.
Text continues "Paris. 27.12.80."
|Six Films About the Law. Directed by Keith Gow. Produced by Elisabeth Knight. Film Australia. Australian Film Commission. Screenprint, 52 x 73cm. Source: State Library of New South Wales.|
|1981||Eternity, Haymarket. Screenprint, signed lower right Sharp. 85 x 61 cm. Multicoloured and black versions are known. Commissioned by David Humphries.|
|1981||Festival of Sydney 1981. Screenprint, 102 x 73 cm|
|1981||Ginger in Japan. Colour woodblock, limited edition A/P IV/XVII, signed and dated lower right, Sharp 1981, 34 x 22.5 cm. Edition of 50|
|1981||Just for fun? Screenprint, limited edition of 50, numbered, titled, signed and dated, lower centre, 36.5 x 34 cm|
|1981||Mammy / Ginger Meggs. Postcard, 1981, 16 x 20 cm|
|1981||Nimrod 10, 1980. Colour screenprint, initialled "S" in image lower right, signed in ink on image lower right, 88.1 x 73.9cm. Repaired pinholes and minor tears to edges. Linen-backed. Poster promoting Nimrod Theatre's 10th anniversary. Held in the Powerhouse Museum collection. The Nimrod Theatre Company, founded in 1970 by John Bell, Richard Wherrett and Ken Horler, quickly gained a reputation for producing first-rate Australian drama. The company retained its name when it moved from Nimrod Street, Kings Cross to Belvoir Street, Surry Hills, Sydney in 1974. The Nimrod closed in 1988.|
Alistair Jones, Late Show, Stables. Screenprint, 48 x 101cm.
Vaudvillains. Mic & Jim Conway. Dave Clayton. B.T. Baldwin. Nimrod Late. Screenprint, 75 x 101cm.
|1982||Adelaide Festival - 5-21. Mar. 82. Two sizes. Silkscreen,
initalled in plate 'S', 150.5 x 87 cm; Coloured screenprint, signed, dated,
inscribed with title and numbered lower margin M. Sharp '82 64/100, 121.5 x
Version on vinyl also printed, 117 x 237 cm.
|1982||Jeannie Lewis and Red Symonds Orchestra - So you want blood - Kinselas. Screenprint, 75.5 x 101cm.|
|1982||Art Sale for Land Rights, Paddo Town Hall, Nov. 6-14, 11am - 7pm - Daily. Screenprint, 52 x 76cm.|
|1982||The Festival of Sydney 1982. Silkscreen, 75 x 100cm.|
|1982||Ginger's Last Stand? Jan 3 - Feb 8 - New Nimrod. Screenprint, limited edition of 1000, signed 'M Sharp' lower right, 44.5 x 58cm.|
|1982||Kaspar - Nimrod Nov 7. Screenprint, limited edition of 1000, signed lower right, 44.5 x 58.5 cm.|
|1982||Kold Komfort Kaffee - Nimrod. Colour screenprint, limited edition of 1000, signed, dated and numbered below image, 43 x 108cm.|
|1982||MO - Nimrod. Colour
screenprint, limited edition of 1000, signed, dated and numbered below image, 45.5 x 89.5cm.
A variant (66 x 75 cm) poster is also known containing specific information about the performance of the play.
Small Christmas poster 37 x 48cm.
|1982||Circus OZ, Wentworth Park, 23 June - 8 August, Mitchell Bass. Screenprint, 75.5 x 101cm.|
|1982||Tiny Paddo Masquerade, 22.8.82 $10.00. Screenprint, signed lower right, 74 x 100cm.|
|1982||Sideshow in Burlesco - Nimrod. Colour screenprint, limited edition of 1000, signed lower right, 43 x 108cm.|
|1982||Cold Chisel - An evening with the circus animals, Wentworth Park, April 17-18. Screenprint, 71.5 x 96cm, plus an additional, large size 6-sheet poster.|
|1982||Tiny Tim - The Chameleon. Screenprint, 51.5 x 75.5cm.|
|1982||Tiny Tim, Eternal Troubadour, Opera House 5 Sept 1982. Screenprint, signed and dated 'Martin Sharp 4.4.92' lower left, signed 'Tiny Tim' lower right, 75.5 x 102cm.|
|1982||The Venetian Twins - Nimrod. Screenprint, numbered and signed below image, limited edition of 1000, 75 x 101cm.Editions from 1979 and 1992.|
|1983||Fashion Show, The Sydney Textile Museum, Mosman, 29 September 1983.|
|1983||Sydney Opera House is Ten. Screenprint, signed and dated 'M Sharp 83.' lower right, 2 sizes - 51 x 68cm and 76 x 101.5cm.|
|1983||Tiny Tim and Friends, Late Show, Kinselas. Screenprint, 75.5 x 101cm.|
|1984||POL 1984, poster and cover of the magazine, edited by Richard Walsh.|
|1984||Festival of Sydney. Silkscreen, 2 sizes - 45 x 45.5 cm and 74 x 97cm. There was a poster, a program and a completely different image by Sharp in a newspaper advertisement.|
|1985||Orange Festival of Arts. Screenprint.|
|1985||Music Week, Sept 8-15, 1985. Screenprint, 52.2 x 74.5 cm.|
|1986||Circus OZ Big Top. Screenprint, signed and inscribed by the artist, 66 x 130cm.|
|1986||Circus OZ, Hot from L.A.! Big Top, Seymour Centre. Screenprint, 89 x 134cm.|
|1986||Pentecost. Silkscreen print, limited edition of 80, signed and dated lower right: M. Sharp 86, titled lower centre, 77 x 108cm.|
|1986||Wave. Silkscreen, limited edition of 30, signed and dated lower right '86, 65 x 65cm. Adaptation of the classic Japanese woodblock print by Hokusai, featuring Boofhead.
A monotone version in black with red ink monograms is also known.
|1988||Brighton Festival. Screenprint, 51 x 76cm. May 1988.|
|1988||The World Professional Non-Stop Singing Record Challenge. Screenprint, signed and dated by M. Sharp and Tiny Tim below image, 102 x 152cm.|
|1989||World Famous Circus OZ - non-stop energy. Colour screenprint, signed lower right, 63 x 93cm.|
|1989||Regular Record 1979, 1989 Greatest Hits. Screenprint, limited edition of 100, editioned, dated signed and titled lower centre, 3.4.90, Sharp Record Cover', 59 x 59 cm.|
|1989||The fool has said in his heart there is no God (Psalm 14:1), Cross Purpose, Number Two. Screenprint. Signed and date lower right.|
|1990||Ginger Meggs. Offset lithograph and screenprint, 34 x 50cm. Produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney. The image is a combination of Sharp's 1968 Vincent poster and a Ginger Meggs cartoon.|
|1990||Eternity. Screenprint, limited edition of 100, dated 6 November 1990.|
|1990||OZ Tapestry. Colour screenprint ed: 37/100, signed and dated lower right, 104 x 55cm. Copy of a tapestry hanging in the State Library of New South Wales.|
|1990||Vincent. Colour print, limited edition of 99, numbered, titled, signed and dated below image, 53.5 x 82cm. Produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney. Reproduction of Sharp's original 1968 print.|
|1990||Wave. Screenprint, limited edition of 99, 85 x 85cm.|
|1990||Circus OZ. Non Stop Energy. Silkscreen.|
|1990||Hokusai's Wave, Mambo shirt, circa 1990.|
|1991||Art Galaxy. Colour screenprint, limited edition of 100, numbered, titled, signed and dated below image lower right M. Sharp, 82 x 82cm|
|1991||Fragments of an (F)Unfair, Lest We Forget, Greenway Gallery. Screenprint. L̀una Park, The exhibition was sponsored by the Luna Park Reserve Trust as part of the Festival of Sydneyand presented at the Greenway Gallery, Hyde Park Barracks from 11 December 1991 to 2 February 1992. It also included a 7 page catalogue with accompanying essay by Martin Sharp.|
||Krazy 4 You. Print, limited edition of 100, signed and dated lower right: M. Sharp 1.4.91, titled lower centre, 82 x 82 cm.|
|1992||Sydney Harbour. Colour screenprint, signed and dated '92 and numbered 54 lower centre, 73 x 99cm. Revised version of 1983 poster Sydney Opera House is Ten, with text removed.|
|1992||The Invitation. Silkscreen, limited edition of 10, signed and dated lower right 6.4.1992, 84 x 89cm.|
|1992||Thirroul. Etching. A copy is know which was signed and inscribed 'Thirroul / Dear Beryl, for your dear boy, / love Marty
/ M Sharp' under image, 14 x 21.5cm.
A limited edition of 5 photographic prints in black and white ink was issued during1999, with the inscriptions 'AP 4/5 'Thirroul' M.Sharp '99.'
The design of this etching is a variation on the 1970 Moratorium poster.
|1992||The Arias, Australian Record Industry Awards for 92. Silkscreen, original poster, 50 x 75cm.|
|1994||Societe International D'Urologie, 23rd Congress, Sept 18-22 1994, Sydney. T-shirt design.|
|1995||Jeannie Lewis. Viva Diva, 1995. Colour screenprint, 59.1 x 77.5cm. Panel of text attached to lower portion. Text reads "For two nights only - don't miss that incredible voice - Jeannie Lewis. 50th birthday concert with very special guests. Friday 10th & Saturday 11th Feb. Harbourside Brasserie. Bookings 252 3000 & Ticketek."|
|2001||'O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, of all the trees so lovely,' Xmas card, 2001. A street banner of the left panel is also known, 150 x 440 cm.|
|2002||Jimi. Screenprint, signed and dated 'A.P. [Artist's proof] Jimi 2002', 73 x 83 cm.|
|2003||Pentecost. Photographic print A/P 7, 49 x 74cm.|
|2004||Disraeli Gears. Screenprint, signed and dated 'M Sharp 2004' lower right; inscribed 'Disraeli Gears' lower centre; inscribed 'A/P. 8.' lower left, 68.5 x 87.5cm. Also printed in offset lithograph series of 980 in the United States.|
|2004||Japan (after Vincent). Screenprint on canvas, limited edition of 20, signed and dated 2004, 36 x 43cm.|
|2006||Pentecost, 2006. Screenprint, 75 x 101 cm. Signed and dated lower right.Various dates are known, as is the paper and size of the print.|
|2006||The Thousand Dollar Bill (David Gulpilil), silk banner, 145 x 430 cm. Part of the Sydney Open Gallery, 2006.|
|2006||In our tears we found you. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5.4. Screen print. Undated.|
|2009||Jimi. Screenprint, limited edition of 200, signed and dated 'M Sharp 2009' lower right; inscribed 'Jimi' lower centre, 97 x 85cm.|
|2010||Abraxas 1968. Martin Sharp and Roger Foley. Cibachrome print on photographic paper, circa 2010. Reconstructed copy of the original work in acrylic paint on acrylic panel created at The Pheasantry in London during 1968 and later displayed in the Yellow House, Sydney, 1970‐2. The Abraxas image first appeared on the outer and inner cover of the Cream double album Wheels of Fire (1968) and later on the cover of the London edition of Timothy Leary’s The Politics of Ecstasy (1970). The reconstruction poster was produced by Martin Sharp and Roger Foley, based on the original, damaged artwork.|
|2011||Still Live (Marilyn and Vincent), giclee print on mounted perspex, 56 x 76 cm. Circa 2011. Variant of a work which first appeared in OZ magazine in 1968.|
|2011||A curiosity in her own country, screenprint 2011. Based on a famous Phil May cartoon of 1888 and a painting Sharp did in 2009.|
|2011||During 2011 four of Martin Sharp's iconic Big O posters on foil from 1967, plus Jimi Hendrix, were reprinted and offered for sale through http://www.martin-sharp.com/.|
|2013||Cream - Disraeli Gears, screenprint, 89 x 88 cm, limited edition of 100 prints. Signed in silver ink 'Record Cover - Martin Sharp 12.8.2013.'|
|2013||During 2013 a series of large, poster-size digitally enhanced prints of OZ magazine covers were produced, with the support of Martin Sharp and Richard Neville. Martin and Richard signed and dated a number of these prints.
Martin Sharp died on 1 December 2013.
In the compilation of this list I would like to particularly thank Roger Foley and Lowell Tarling, along with all those other fans of the work of Martin Sharp who have written about him or referenced him in their work.
Last updated: 4 May 2020