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Reg Mombassa aka Chris O'Doherty
, 1995

by Greg Weight

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 40.4 cm x 50.4 cm, image: 30.8 cm x 45.3 cm)

Chris O'Doherty, sometimes known as Reg Mombassa, is an artist and musician. The O'Doherty family came from New Zealand to Sydney in 1969, when Chris commenced study at the National Art School. In 1976 he became a founding member of Mental as Anything, one of Australia?s most successful pop bands. All the band's original members are visual artists including O'Doherty's brother Peter, with whom he formed the band Dog Trumpet in 1991. From 1976 Chris O'Doherty designed prints for the surfwear label Mambo, devising the flatulent dog, demons and incarnations of 'Australian Jesus' in distinctively Australian settings that also recurred for many years in his paintings. His work Bush Suburbs was printed on the lining of the Australian team blazer for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and several of his creations featured in the closing ceremony of the games. Over the past two decades, he has participated in many group shows and held many solo exhibitions at Watters Gallery, Sydney, becoming well-known for his evocative landscapes and views of workaday dwellings.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2004.145