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Psychedelic artist Martin Sharp dies

SYDNEY--Australian psychedelic artist Martin Sharp, a founder of the controversial Oz magazine who designed posters for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, has died aged 71.

His death on Sunday, after a long struggle against emphysema, was confirmed by artist and friend Garry Shead, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“We've lost a major figure and a great character,” said Wayne Tunnicliffe, head of Australian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Sharp studied at the National Art School in East Sydney before founding the famed Oz magazine in the early 1960s with Richard Neville and Richard Walsh.

The three were twice charged with printing an obscene publication, with a cover showing Neville and two friends seemingly urinating on a sculpture provoking fierce controversy in 1964.

Once his convictions were overturned on appeal in 1966, Sharp moved to London where he and Neville established London Oz along similar lines.

But Sharp is best known for the psychedelic posters he designed for the ilk of Hendrix and Dylan, and the album covers he did for supergroup Cream, featuring Eric Clapton.

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