14 September 2012

Featured Artist :: The Great Mombassa

mentals III poster

Steam driven face with musical attendants


solar power jesus bottle

birds on a wire

hillside with road and car


Reg cottage with parked Valiant

'Reg' in his studio

Featured Artist :: Reg Mombassa (Chris O'Doherty)


Reg is inspired by the wind, semi-professional birthday clowns, heavy machinery and the behavior of domestic animals.

Artist and Musician born in Auckland New Zealand in 1951 and migrated to Australia with his parents and brother in 1969.

He is married with three children and lives in the inner west of Sydney.


Formed the band 'Mental as Anything' in 1976 with 4 other art students. The band would also have 3 group exhibitions held by the band - 1982, 1990 and 1998.

Has since formed his own band Dog Trumpet with his brother Peter O'Doherty which still perform and record.

Art & Design

Attended National Art School in Sydney graduated in 1977 Majored in painting.

He is well known for his Mambo T-shirt and poster designs which he has been doing since 1986. In 1994 Mambo Graphics published the Mambo Picture Book of Wisdom - which is a collection of Reg's pictures and quotes.

In 1995 Reg was commissioned by the Powerhouse Museum to produce a poster which won first prize in the Association of American Museums design competition.

In 1999 Reg was invited to Milan to give a workshop to graphic artists and to give a presentation at the Triennale di Milano.

His artwork is included in the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Powerhouse Museum Sydney as well as many important private collections worldwide.

Design & Philanthropy

He was responsible for the concept design for the inflatable kangaroo scene in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Reg has designed T-shirts, posters, postcards etc for organisations such as Greenpeace, the Rock Eisteddfod, Circus Oz, the Opera House Trust, Redfern Legal Aid, the Wilderness Society, Westmead Children's Hospital, The Powerhouse Museum amongst others.

My thoughts

ICONIC....represents the Australian/New Zealand vernacular perfectly.


Reg Mombassa website
National Gallery interview
Mambo website

COPYRIGHT: This post has been created as an informative post to create awareness of  Australian Artist Reg Mombassa (Chris O'Doherty). It is intended for educative and general interest purposes only. Out of respect to the Artist and Galleries PLEASE DO NOT lift the images or the words from this post. No permission is given to do so. If you want to research the Artist further then I ask that you follow the links provided.


♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

iconic to say the least. i recognize this style.
is there a chronology in what you show of his work, because i tend to opt for the later tableaus, but that's me being me...
and i greet thee, great helen from the south. can i say south?
i hope life is gentle with you these days.

objects of whimsy said...


yes Nads its in chronological order and the last ones that are all minimal are my favourites too. I am South so I think that I can be described a Southerner!


susan christensen said...

Wow, Helen - again, you bring to my delighted eyes an amazing artist I had not been aware of. Thank you! Happy week end, sus

Tabea Heinicker said...

Den passenden Künstler zum seinem Werk zu sehen, finde ich immer sehr interessant. Dadurch baue ich manchmal überhaupt erst eine Beziehung auf zu den Bildern.

Hab ein schönes Wochenende ;)

Liebe Grüße . Tabea

objects of whimsy said...

Hi Sus and Tabea!
Im glad you like Reg's work he is a real character and lives his life to his own tune. One of those people who has done what he wants successfully and enjoyed life to its fullest.

Have a great weekend

Helen x