Martin Sharp

(Australia 21 Jan 1942 – 01 Dec 2013)

Kold Komfort Kaffe, Nimrod

Location
Not on display
Further information

Martin Sharp established a strong reputation for the originality and impact of his graphics whilst living in London during the 1960s, where he designed psychedelic posters and album covers for musicians and bands including Bob Dylan and Cream. Returning to Australia in 1972, he became more widely-known in Sydney for his establishment of The Yellow House artist's collective in Kings Cross, his role in the restoration of Luna Park and for his passionate championing of US singer Tiny Tim.

During the 1970s and 1980s Sharp was commissioned to design posters for Sydney's Nimrod Theatre. The latter, founded in 1970 by John Bell, Richard Wherrett and Ken Horler acquired a reputation during the 1970s as a home for exciting and innovative drama by a new generation of Australian playwrights.

First published individually during this period, this poster and six others were reprinted as a set in 1982 as a fund-raiser for the theatre. Six of the posters were designed to promote productions (this poster 'Kold Komfort Kaffe, Nimrod' promoted the cabaret 'Kold Komfort Kaffe' devised by Robyn Archer, directed by Ken Horler, starring Robyn Archer and John Gaden), while another was created to mark the 10th anniversary of Nimrod's establishment as a theatre.

For this 1982 (second) edition of the posters, new stencils were made and the posters were printed on higher quality paper than the original print run. Sharp also created sets and costumes for a number of Nimrod productions but is best known for the posters he produced.

Year
1979
printed 1982
Media
Print
Medium
screenprint, printed in red, blue and black from three stencils
Dimensions
110.0 x 45.5 cm image/sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r., black fibre-tipped pen "Martin Sharp". Dated bot.c., black fibre-tipped pen "2.12.82".

Credit
Gift of Peter Kingston 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
226.2014
Copyright
© Estate of Martin Sharp. Licensed by Copyright Agency