Christopher O'Doherty, aka Reg Mombassa, has infiltrated our culture for more than thirty years with a unique, laconic view of our world - and of his. His wit, sense of mischief and larrikin energy resonated in the songs and performances of one of Australia's most beloved bands, Mental As Anything, whose music became the soundtrack to a generation's misbegotten youth. His eye for the absurd and his unapologetic idealism captured another generation or three with his irreverent, frequently macabre and always distinctive designs for the original Mambo label. Yet, long before he became a Mental or transformed shirts into collector's items, Mombassa was first and foremost an artist. From his idiosyncratic pop art to the delicately realised fine art landscapes and images that celebrate and elevate the suburban, his artworks are sought by collectors around the world. But there is much more to Reg Mombassa, as fellow New Zealand-born writer and painter Murray Waldren shows in this illuminated journey. Illustrated with almost 300 original artworks and packed with photographs, posters and band memorabilia, this is a true collector's item.
As colourful, entertaining and boldly original as the man himself, this is makes a fantastic present. Christopher O'Doherty aka Reg Mombassa has a special places in our hearts not only for his influence on Mental As Anything, but also for his fabulous pop art. What fewer people realise is the finely worked landscapes that have also emerged from his imagination. This is Mombassa as you have never seen him before - 300 original artworks, photographs, posters and band memorabilia.
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st November 2009
Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS UK
Dimensions (cm): 26.4 x 20.9 x 4.4
Weight (kg): 2.01