Artist Martin Sharp, who created some of the iconic images of the 1960s, has died at his home in Bellvue Hill in Sydney after a long battle with emphysema. He was 71.
Sharp came to prominence with his cartoons and art work for the satirical magazine Oz in Australia and in London. His psychedelic posters of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan exemplified the spirit of the 1960s counterculture.
Sharp not only created the cover for the Cream’s album Disraeli Gears but he also wrote the lyrics for the song ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses.’
After he returned to Australia Sharp’s importance in Australian art was cemented with the establishment of the Yellow House, an artists’ collective in Potts Point that influenced a generation of artists, performers and film makers.
In the Sydney Morning Herald, Richard Neville described Sharp as ‘incredibly tenacious’ and not the most relaxed person in the world because of his intense focus on his art and beliefs.