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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.

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Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa), 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.e

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Paul Worstead (age 29 in 1979)

Chris O'Doherty (age 28 in 1979)

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The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Interview with Chris O'Doherty video: 2 minutes
Interview with Chris O'Doherty video: 2 minutes
Interview with Chris O'Doherty video: 2 minutes
Interview with Chris O'Doherty video: 2 minutes

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, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty

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.

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell
Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell
Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell
Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

Face the Music

Previous exhibition, 2005

Australia has become recognised for the range and talent of its musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities in general associated with the music industry

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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.