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Reg, 2013

by Steven William Siewert

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Finalist

In person, Reg Mombassa is the antithesis of his vibrant and colour-saturated work for which he is well known. I have always found Reg softly spoken and his clothes devoid of colour.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

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Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow picks some favourites from a decade of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Chris O'Doherty (Reg Mombassa)

Self Portrait with spots and veins

Portrait story

An interview with iconic Australian artist, Chris O'Doherty (otherwise known as Reg Mombassa)

Self portrait with Spots and Veins
Self portrait with Spots and Veins
Self portrait with Spots and Veins
Self portrait with Spots and Veins

Mental as everything

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2006

Chris O'Doherty, also known as Reg Mombassa, is best-known for his Mambo imagery but he also paints a lot of self portraits.

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