• Reg Mombassa
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  • 'Trunk and Ash'
  • Reg Mombassa
  • Tinted etching
    460mm x 155mm

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  • Etching with aquatint
    505mm x 400mm

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Reg Mombassa

Reg MombassaChris O’Doherty (Reg Mombassa) was born in New Zealand in 1951. He immigrated with his family to Australia in 1969 and studied at the National Art School, Sydney.

Reg Mombassa’s artwork is in two distinctive styles. The type of artwork he designs for Mambo – almost cartoonish and in vivid colours, incorporating religious, political and popular culture themes – is probably the style he is most widely known for. However his landscapes and portraits, many of which are inspired by his childhood in New Zealand, are equally as sought after.

His artworks can be found in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, University of Sydney and other important regional galleries. Elton JohnEwan McGregor and the late Patrick White have all purchased his work.

I’m inspired by the wind, semi-professional birthday clowns, heavy machinery and the behaviour of domestic animals.”




  • Exhibition Mambo 30th Anniversary
  • Exhibition Watters Gallery
  • Represented by Holloway Gallery, Queensland



  • Appointed the creative ambassador for the New Year Eve Sydney fireworks, the theme was shine The centrepiece of Mombassa’s contribution to the night was the unveiling of a single blinking eye on the Harbour Bridge gazing down on the 1.5 million revellers
  • Exhibition Watters Gallery ‘Hallucinatory Anthropomorphism’



  • Book release Cranium Universe (on iPad)
  • Exhibition Watters Gallery ‘Realistic Landscape’



  • Exhibition Waters Gallery ‘Coloured In’



  • Featured on BBC TV’s Peschardt’s People
  • Harper Collins released a biography by Murray Waldren called “The mind and times of Reg Mombassa”, which includes over 200 art works
  • Exhibition Watters Gallery



  • Self-portrait was selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize
  • The broadcast of “Golden Sandals” on SBS independent Australia
  • He was featured on the ABC TV profile show Talking Heads
  • Retrospective Exhibition at SH Ervin Gallery
  • Exhibition Watters Gallery



  • Exhibition at Watters Gallery



  • Featured extra as a gypsy artist in Jan Sardi movie “Love’s Brother”



  • One of his most famous works was “Self-Portrait with Spots and Veins”
  • Invited to be a patron of “A Just Australia”, a group who work towards the fair treatment of refugees
  • Opened the Colin McCahon retrospective “A Question of Faith” at the NSW Art Gallery
  • Exhibition at Watters Gallery



  • Selected by the Melbourne based Visible Art Foundation to have 3 of his works very enlarged to make an installation on the outside of the Republic Tower building in Collins Street, Melbourne
  • He commenced a weekly appearance of artwork and writing in The Daily Telegraph until December 2004.
  • Victorian Tapestry Workshop made 4 tapestries based on his designs, which were unveiled at the Tapestry Workshop Gallery in Melbourne



  • Invited to contribute a design to the Victorian Tapestry Workshop for a 2 metre square section of a 43.5 metre long Federation Tapestry to be completed and installed in the Melbourne Museum
  • Exhibition at Watters Gallery



  • Designed the image for the lining of the athletes uniform and inflatable characters for the ‘Hero’s’ segment of the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games
  • Resigned from the band Mental As Anything after 25 years



  • Invited by City of Milan to speak at the La Triennale de Milano
  • Present workshop at the Galleria Aiap in Milan
  • Exhibition of Mambo posters at Nightwave 99 at the trade fair in Rimini, Italy. Presentation given by Reg
  • Mambo art exhibition in London of original artwork and posters



  • Reg Mombassa Calander produced by Mambo
  • Reg’s pictures and quotes included in ‘Still Life with Franchise’ published by Mambo
  • Mambo exhibition at Byron Bay NSW
  • Exhibition at Watters Gallery
  • Group exhibition by band members of Mental As Anything



  • Reg Mombassa Calander produced by Mambo



  • ARIA award for ‘Best Australian Cover Art’ for the Mental as Anything ‘Liar, Liar Pants on Fire’ CD cover
  • Reg Mombassa Calander published by Transworld Publishers



  • Commissioned by Sydney Powerhouse Museum to design a poster to enter into the ‘Association of American Museums Design Competition’. He won first prize with ‘Real Wild Child’
  • Reg Mombassa Calander published by Transworld Publishers
  • Exhibition at Watters Gallery



  • Mambo published ‘The Mambo Picture Book of Wisdom’ – a collection of Reg’s pictures and quotes
  • Mambo published ‘Art Irritates Life’ a book of all Mambo artists including Reg’s work
  • Reg Mombassa Calander published by Transworld Publishers
  • Touring Exhibition opened at Darwin Art Gallery and toured the rest of Australia



  • Exhibition of Mambo work in Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
  • Exhibition at Watters Gallery



  • Formed band ‘Dog Trumpet’ with brother Peter O’Dogherty
  • Exhibition at Watters Gallery



  • Exhibition of Mambo work in Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
  • Group exhibition by band members of Mental As Anything



  • The band painted a tram for the Victorian Ministries of Art and Transport, featuring a design by Reg and his brother Peter



  • Began working with Mambo Graphics designing t-shirts and posters
  • Exhibition at Watters Gallery



  • Group exhibition by band members of Mental As Anything



  • Diploma of Painting – National Art School, Sydney



  • Freelance artist designing t-shirts and posters for 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
  • Band ‘Mental As Anything’ formed
  • Art School – National Art School Sydney



  • First painting exhibition at Watters Gallery, Sydney
  • Art School – National Art School Sydney


1969 – 70

  • Art School – National Art School Sydney