Martin SHARP, Eternity Haymarket! Enlarge 1 /1

Martin SHARP

Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia 1942 – Sydney 2013

  • England

Eternity Haymarket! 1977 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper screenprint, printed in colour inks, from two stencils Support: yellow wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Primary Insc: signed on comp lower right corner in black fibre-tipped pen, 'M SHARP'. not dated. inscribed lower right corner on printed image in black fibre-tipped pen '...17'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 89.0 h x 65.9 w cm sheet 89.0 h x 65.9 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne 1978.
Accession No: NGA 78.1470
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, 1978.

‘I just wondered what it meant I became fascinated by him as such a dedicated writer, writing such a powerful word.’
Martin Sharp, 1990

Martin Sharp’s nostalgic attraction to people and places motivated this work at a time when public protest raged over major developments in Sydney’s Haymarket area. Eternity was the inspired message of Sydney evangelist Arthur Stace, who chalked the word on inner city footpaths from the 1930s until 1967. Adapted for the New Year’s Eve fireworks in 1999 and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, i>Eternity has evolved into a symbol of Australian confidence and optimism.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra