Item #40354 Vincent. Martin SHARP.



London: Big O Posters Ltd., nd. (c. April 1968). Original colour offset litho poster printed on matt white paper. 73.5x49cm.

Sharp’s psychedelic tribute to Van Gogh, an artist he’d been fascinated by ever since his mother bought his father a print of “The Painter on the Road to Tarascon” to hang on the wall of his doctor’s surgery on Macquarie Street in Sydney just after the war (it was an image he returned to many times, and ‘The Magic Theatre’ issue of Oz, published at the time of the Van Gogh exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London, includes a cartoon strip based on it).

‘Vincent’, first advertised by Peter Ledeboer’s Big O Posters in Oz #11, is one of Sharp’s rarer posters, and this example (like the ‘Cream’ and ‘Show Your Head’ posters listed elsewhere in this catalogue) has scarcely seen the light of day for over fifty years (all three were stored in a tube since their acquisition). The left and right edges show some light creasing, visible more from the verso than recto, o/w a bright, fresh copy of one of Sharp’s most spectacular psychedelic posters.