Martin Sharp, 1940–2013

Cream, Disraeli Gears album cover, artwork Martin Ritchie Sharp

Martin Ritchie Sharp – Australian pop artist, cartoonist, filmmaker and art director for the anti-establishment underground magazine Oz – has died, aged 71.

Sharp co-founded the Australian and then London based Oz with Richard Neville and Richard Walsh, gaining notoriety when all three were prosecuted in London (and eventually acquitted), for obscenity, in 1971.

Becoming a friend of Eric Clapton, after moving to London, Sharp also contributed both lyrics and artwork for Cream, including the cover artwork for albums, Disraeli Gears (1967) and Wheels of Fire (1968).