In the 70’s Chris O’Doherty was studying at the National Art School in Sydney.
Yet in 1976 with four fellow art students, they decided to form a rock band.
“Mental as Anything”, released 11 albums and 27 singles, with 20 entering the top forty. They have toured in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Europe, the United States and Asia and held three group art exhibitions in 1982, 1990 and 1998 in regional galleries in NSW and Melbourne.
Chris O’Doherty also known as Reg Mombassa left the Mental’s in April 2000.
Chris/Reg began freelancing, 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.
Reg has worked alongside with Mambo Graphics since 1986, designing t-shirts and posters.
In 1999 Mambo held an art exhibition of original artwork and posters in London, displaying his designs for record covers from Crowded House, Mental as Anything, Dog Trumpet, Mondo Rock, Paul Kelly and John Lydon’s band P.I.L.
He designed the ‘Hero’s ‘segment for the Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony. The designs included 12 six-metre high inflatables, 2 twenty-metre helium filled dirigibles, 3 stages and 16 inflatable crowd balls.
Reg’s work is almost cartoonish,
brightly illustrated with morphed characters,
turning ‘ego’ into modest sanity,
capturing an audience with provocative humour.
“To some extent, I am hiding from people, I’m afraid of people. I always have been. I’m not really a people person. I’m happy to be in a room by myself with a pencil drawing.” Quoted Mombassa.