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Self portrait with Spots and Veins
, 2003

by Chris O'Doherty

synthetic polymer paint on canvas (support: 76.0 cm x 56.0 cm)

Chris O'Doherty, also known as Reg Mombassa, is an artist and guitarist. The O'Doherty family came from New Zealand to Sydney in 1969, when Chris began 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 its 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 versions of Jesus in distinctively Australian settings that still recur in his paintings. He has participated in many group shows since 1976; his latest solo exhibition, including characteristic evocative landscapes and pictures of workaday dwellings, is Recent developments in anti-social realism (2005) at Watters Gallery, Sydney.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Circle of Friends 2007
Accession number: 2007.25