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Get Wet series (Greedy Smith), 1979

Paul Worstead

screenprint on paper (image: 74.7 cm x 49.7 cm, sheet: 75.9 cm x 50.9 cm)

Paul Worstead (b. 1950) met these five band members while they were all at art school, and it was he who gave them the name Mental As Anything. Worstead designed the cover for the band's first album, 'Get Wet' (1979), as well as three series of posters promoting Mental As Anything releases, including 'Get Wet', 'Creatures of Leisure' (1983) and 'Garage' (1998). He has designed album covers for a number of other well-known Australian recording artists, such as the Sports and Stephen Cummings. Worstead is a designer for the surf and streetwear label, Mambo.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Accession number: 2001.44.a

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Paul Worstead (age 29 in 1979)

Greedy Smith (age 23 in 1979)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.