Martin Sharp – 1942 – 1st December 2013

Life & Death

Martin Sharp Spaceman

Martin Sharp, Australian designer and artist has died. Perhaps most famous for the cover art to Cream’s 1967 psychedelic blues masterpiece Disraeli Gears.

Cream Disraeli Gears

He also co wrote one of the great songs Tales Of Brave Ulysses with Eric Clapton. Although the song is credited to Pete Brown, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton on the single, Sharp allegedly wrote the lyrics on the back of a beer mat as a poem.

I never forget these immortal lines:

“Tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers,
And you want to take her with you to the hard land of the winter”

Sharp also was responsible for the cover art to Wheels Of Fire 1968.

Cream Wheels Of Fire Cover Art 1968

Sharp was responsible for many other images and if you go to these sites you can find out more about his legacy.

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2 Responses to “Martin Sharp – 1942 – 1st December 2013”

  1. mardijay December 2, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    Sad day for Australian art with the passing of dear Martin Sharp. I was thinking of him the other day when I was ambling around Sydney’s Luna Park for work. He was obsessed with that place and of course, Tiny Tim.
    He actually shared digs with Clapton during the Cream days at The Pheasantry in London (Chelsea). I would loved to have met Martin. I am stuck in the late sixties, basically and have been since I was twelve years old. He did the cover artwork for Ginger Baker’s Airforce as well. Like Peter Brown, he was essentially another member of Cream, on the sidelines, but gave them their visuals that I always dug.

  2. simone December 3, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    Back in 1990 I was a student at Sydney College of the Arts, and Martin Sharp came to do a guest lecture. He spoke about all the album covers etc which was fascinating. At the time I was working on a dissertation about the Barton murals inside Luna Park,and after the lecture I was very lucky to have a chat with him about the artworks. I could’ve talked to him for ages. I remember he was extremely happy that I was so interested in Luna Park. A great man and it is a great loss to the Australian art scene.

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