Adelaide Festival 5-21 Mar. 82.

Very large Martin Sharpe poster for the 1982 Adelaide Festival. Note, there were two sizes made of this poster this one being the largest and the second size was,  H 986mm x  W 580 mm / less than 1/2 the … Read Full Description

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Adelaide Festival 5-21 Mar. 82.




In good condition. Laid on archival linen.


Screenprint, printed in colour inks, from four stencils

Paper Size: 

x 1505mm
Adelaide Festival 5-21 Mar. 82. - Vintage Print from 1982

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Very large Martin Sharpe poster for the 1982 Adelaide Festival.

Note, there were two sizes made of this poster this one being the largest and the second size was,  H 986mm x  W 580 mm / less than 1/2 the size.

The Adelaide Festival began with efforts by Sir Lloyd Dumas in the late 1950s to establish a major arts festival that would bring to South Australia world-class cultural exhibitions. In 1958, Sir Lloyd organised a gathering of prominent members of the Adelaide business, arts and government community. The proposal for an event similar to the Edinburgh International Festival was supported and the first Festival Board of Governors was formed. The event began to take form when Sir Lloyd partnered with John Bishop, Professor of Music at the University of Adelaide. The two gained the support of the Lord-Mayor and Adelaide City Council and a financial backing of 15,000 pounds. A number of leading businesses sponsored the first festival, including The Advertiser, the Bank of Adelaide, John Martin & Co., the Adelaide Steamship Company, and Kelvinator.[1] The inaugural Adelaide Festival of Arts ran from 12 to 26 March 1960 and was directed by Bishop with some assistance from Ian Hunter, the Artistic Director of the Edinburgh Festival. There were 105 shows covering almost all aspects of the arts.[citation needed] In its first year, it also spawned the Adelaide Fringe, which has grown into the largest event of its kind in the world after the Edinburgh Fringe.

National Gallery Australia: NGA 95.910

Martin Richie Sharp (1942 - 2013)

Martin Ritchie Sharp (1942 -2013) was an Australian artist, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker. Sharp was Australia's foremost pop artist. He co-wrote one of Cream's best known songs, "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and created the cover art for Cream's Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire albums. Sharp was born in Bellevue Hill, New South Wales in 1942, and educated at Cranbrook private school, where one of his teachers was the artist Justin O'Brien. In 1960, Sharp enrolled at the National Art School at East Sydney. He also designed at that time a controversial poster titled "Rasputin & his London Popes" for an antique shop in Barcelona run by a young Spanish photographer named Alexis de Vilar. Sharp designed at least two posters for Australia's premier contemporary circus, Circus Oz including the iconic 'World-famous'/'Non-Stop Energy' design. For the most of the 1970s Sharp's work and life was dominated by two major interests, Sydney's Luna Park and the entertainer Tiny Tim. Sharp's became involved with Luna Park's restoration of Luna Park . A year later, as pressure mounted to redevelop the prime harbour side site, a fire in the Luna Park Ghost Train claimed seven lives, including a father and his two sons. The Luna Park fire was a turning point in Sharp's life; like many others he firmly believed that the fire was a deliberate act of terrorism aimed at destroying the park and making the site available for redevelopment and in a 2010 interview on the ABC Radio National program The Spirit of Things, he revealed that the fire and the circumstances surrounding it had exerted a profound effect on his spiritual outlook. Sharp saw the performer Tiny Tim at the Royal Albert Hall in 1968 at the suggestion of Eric Clapton. From that time on, Tiny Tim was one of Sharp's strongest inspirations. "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." "Eternity" Sharp's work was celebrated in many exhibitions including a special Yellow House exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW and a major retrospective at the Museum of Sydney which ran from October 2009 to March 2010. Sydney Opera House Sharp maintained a lifelong friendship with artist Lin Utzon, daughter of the Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon. The Danish architect was controversially forced from his uncompleted masterpiece in 1966 and secretly left Australia with the aid of Sharp's mother. In the mid-1990s, Sharp helped broker a reconciliation between the Sydney Opera House and Jørn Utzon, who subsequently developed a set of design principles to guide the building's future. 

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