Martin Sharp – 1942 – 1st December 2013

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.