1995 Reg Mombassa Calendar The Aristocracy Of The Normal


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This 1995 calendar with the unique art works of Reg Mombassa is very rare indeed. It has been out of print for many years now.

The calendar is in lovely condition and the 31 cm x 31 cm prints would also be perfect for individual framing.

Reg Mombassa is famous not only for his art work but for his musically abilities with the Australian rock band Mental As Anything. He has long had running designs for Mambo and Dog Trumpet with everything from surf wear, posters, record covers as well as doing work for a variety of charities such as the Wilderness Society.

Only the front and back have been photographed for this listing however more info and pictures are available on request.

If your a huge fan of the Mentals or just Reg himself this is a must have item that will please you a great deal.

Your 1995 calendar can be correctly used again in the following years: 2017, 2023, 2034, 2045, 2051, 2062, 2073, 2079, 2090.

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Reg Mombassa 1995 calendar : the aristocracy of the normal.

Form:         Calendar
Content      Caricatures and cartoons –  Pictorial works
Artist:         Reg Mombassa
ISBN 10:   1863593349
ISBN 13:    9781863593342
Print:          Color illustrations
Size:           31 x 31 cm
Publisher:   Moorebank, NSW : Bantam, 1994.


* 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 sought after. His artworks can be found in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia and other important regional galleries. The late Patrick White, Elton John and Ewan McGregor have all famously purchased his work.

Mombassa’s first public showing was in a group exhibition held at Watters Gallery in Sydney in 1975 whilst he was still attending art college. It was at this exhibition that Patrick White purchased some works and subsequently became a patron, purchasing many others over his life. He first exhibited solo at Watters in 1986, the year he also began designing clothing for Mambo. His works were exhibited in three Mental as Anything collective exhibitions in 1982, 1990 and 1998. Further solo shows were held at Watters in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1998. Alongside posters, record covers and merchandise for Mental As Anything and Dog Trumpet, he has designed record covers for the likes of PIL, Crowded House, Mondo Rock and Paul Kelly. He has gifted artwork to many charitable and environmental organisations including Greenpeace and The Wilderness Society.

As Mombassa’s artistic output and demand increased it prompted him to make the difficult decision to cease touring with the Mentals in April 2000. He has continued to design for Mambo and hold sellout exhibitions at Watters in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

In January 2007, a career retrospective of his work was held in Sydney at the S. H. Ervin Gallery. An 80-page catalogue was released by the National Trust to coincide with this exhibition. It also saw the release of “Golden Sandals” directed by Haydn Keenan, a documentary on Mombassa featuring animated versions of his artwork. In March 2007 his self-portrait was selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize. 2 May 2007 saw the broadcast of “Golden Sandals” on SBS independent Australia. One of his most famous works was “Self-Portrait with Spots and Veins” (2003) He was also featured on the ABC TV profile show Talking Heads. In 2009 he was featured on BBC TV’s Peschardt’s People. In November 2009 Harper Collins released a biography by Murray Waldren called “The mind and times of Reg Mombassa”, which includes over 200 art works.

In 2013 Reg was 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.

*Taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only

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