Artist and Musician – Chris O’Doherty (also known as Reg Mombassa) was born in Auckland New Zealand in 1951 and migrated to Australia with his parents and brother. He formed rock band Mental as Anything with four other art students. Reg left the Mental’s in after 25 years, so that he could concentrate on his art. He has exhibited paintings, drawings and prints at Watters Gallery in Darlinghurst since 1975.
Chris/Reg began working as a freelance artist in 1976, designing T-shirts and posters for organizations such as Greenpeace, the Rock Eisteddfod, Circus Oz, the Opera House Trust, the Surrealist Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, Redfern Legal Aid, the Wilderness Society, Westmead Children’s Hospital, The Powerhouse Museum, The Paralympic Arts Festival etc. This is Where his posters got recognition and made a name for himself.
He worked closely with Mambo Graphics designing t-shirts and posters.
Reg also performs with his brother Peter in the band Dog Trumpet which he creates posters for
In June of 1999 Mambo held an art exhibition of original artwork and posters in London Among the bands that he has designed record covers for are; Crowded House, Mental as Anything, Dog Trumpet, Mondo Rock, Paul Kelly and John Lydon’s band P.I.L
Some of Reg’s achievements have been
His ‘Real Wild Child’ exhibition poster, which was commissioned by Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, won first prize in the poster category of the ‘Association of American Museums 1995 Design Competition’. There were 1,050 entries including all the major American museums
He received the 1996 ARIA award (Australian Record Industry Award) for ‘Best Australian Cover Art’ for Mental as Anything’s ‘Liar, liar pants on fire’ CD.
He designed the ‘Hero’s ‘segment for the Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony.
The Victorian Tapestry Workshop invited Reg to contribute a design for a tapestry to be completed and installed in the Melbourne Museum
His artwork is included in the permanent collections of: The National Art Gallery, Canberra Art Gallery of New South Wales Powerhouse Museum of NSW University of Sydney Union
Reg is inspired by the wind, semi-professional birthday clowns, heavy machinery and the behavior of domestic animals. He is married with three children and lives in the inner west of Sydney.