Reg Mombassa (also known as Chris O'Doherty) bridges the disciplines of painting, design, music, and poetry in his prolific and ubiquitous creative practice.
Reg was born in Auckland and migrated to Australia with
his family in 1969. He attended what is now the National Art School
in Darlinghurst in 1969, but left the following year. He returned
in 1975, obtaining his Diploma of Painting in 1977. Since
1975, Reg has exhibited his paintings, drawings, and prints at
Watters Gallery in Darlinghurst.
His artwork is included in many private and public collections,
including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of
New South Wales. He has been commissioned to complete public
projects and installations, and since 1986, worked closely with
Mambo Graphics. His clothing and poster designs, with a bright and
cartoonish quality and elements of religious, political and
pop-culture themes, are widely recognisable and iconic. As well as
his career as an artist and designer, Reg has also had a successful
career as a musician. In 1976 he formed the rock band Mental as
Anything with four other art students; he also performs with his
brother Peter in the band Dog Trumpet.
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