Reg Mombassa (Aka Chris O' Doherty)
Born in New Zealand in 1951, immigrated to Australia with his family in 1969. Attended the National Art School, Sydney 1969-70. Returned to art school in 1975 and obtained his diploma of painting in 1977.
Formed rock band Mental as Anything in 1976 with four other art students. They became a popular band and have 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.
The band has held three group art exhibitions in 1982, 1990 and 1998. The 1990 show toured regional galleries in NSW, ending at the Westpac Gallery in Melbourne. The 1998 also toured throughout Australia.
In 1987 the band painted a tram for the Victorian Ministries of Art and Transport, featuring a design by Reg and his brother Peter.
Reg left the Mental’s in April 2000 after 25 years, so that he could concentrate on his art.
His first painting exhibition was held at Watter’s Gallery, Sydney in 1975 and continued to show there until Watters closed it doors in December 2018.
He now show with Rogue Pop Up Gallery
check out Reg's complete biography. https://regmombassa.com/biography
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