Skip to main content

We’re thrilled to welcome you back to the Gallery! Please see what we need you to do first.

Menu

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.

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

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

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

Reg Mombassa aka Chris O'Doherty, 1995 Greg Weight
Reg Mombassa aka Chris O'Doherty, 1995 Greg Weight
Reg Mombassa aka Chris O'Doherty, 1995 Greg Weight

Reg Mombassa aka Chris O'Doherty, 1995 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis
Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis
Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2011

Chris Dickins, 1983-84 Janet Dawson
Chris Dickins, 1983-84 Janet Dawson
Chris Dickins, 1983-84 Janet Dawson

Chris Dickins, 1983-84 Janet Dawson

Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Chris Chataway, White City Stadium, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis

How to be a boy

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Christopher Chapman profiles Chris Lilley, actor and creator of Angry Boys.

The Boss, Ross Wilson, 2009 Chris Budgeon
The Boss, Ross Wilson, 2009 Chris Budgeon
The Boss, Ross Wilson, 2009 Chris Budgeon

The Boss, Ross Wilson, 2009 Chris Budgeon

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portriat Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Chris Budgeon 2011

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.

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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.