In the mid 60s your correspondent was a pimply boarding school prisoner. Escape was through music : Hendrix, Cream, Wild Cherries, Loved Ones. A classmate brought in NME and Melody Maker and every so often one of us bought a record.
What a thrill the day my import copy of Cream's double album arrived by post. Wheels Of Fire.
And what a cover, WOW! By the Australian artist Martin Sharp. First contact.
The front cover was a black and white drawing on silver. (Like the silver coated walls of the new National Gallery of Victoria.) Cool.
Then you open it. POW! The eyes have it! Schoolboy heaven.
Around the late 70s, I visited an exhibition by Martin Sharp at Tolarno Galleries in St Kilda. Martin was there throughout the show, open-house, working on a painting of Tiny Tim. I watched him for ages, full of admiration, but schoolboy fandom got in the way of saying hello.
In 1999, Linda Michael and I included one of Martin's Eternity works (Eternity, 1990) in an exhibition of painted words - word - at the MCA Sydney.
We placed it near a photo of Arthur Stace, another Sydney special being, writing the original version of Eternity.
Richard Neville, friend of Martin and fellow conspirator from the Oz days, published the following appreciation in yesterday's SMH.
Sydney Morning Herald (click here)2 December 2013
Bravo and Vale, Martin Sharp.
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