Poster, ‘Mambo Faith,’ by Reg Mombassa for Mambo Graphics

Made 1995

Established in 1984 by Dare Jennings and Andrew Rich, the Mambo label began as a backyard business screenprinting T-shirts for a small niche market in surfwear. The mix of surf culture, art and music influences resonated with Australian youth who loved the notoriety and controversy the characteristic designs of Mambo aroused in conservative middleclass Australia. The illustrations were vibrant, humorous, irreverent and of deliberately questionable taste with broad counterculture appeal with yout...

Summary

2008/10/4
Poster, 'Mambo Faith', offset print, paper, designed by Reg Mombassa for Mambo Graphics Pty Lt.d, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1995

Poster with printed image that depicts a standing haloed Christ figure tutoring a seated male figure in the process of drawing a fish. They are both in a room from which is a view out a window to a pastoral scene. The poster is entitled 'MAMBO FAITH' and printed on the lower edge is text reading, 'The hand of the great Mambo artist is guided by a higher power, so that they produce beautiful pictures of great spiritual value that instruct and uplift'.

Dimensions

690 mm
990 mm

Production

The poster was designed by Reg Mombassa for Mambo Graphics in 1995.

Mambo was established in 1984 by Dare Jennings and Andrew Rich as a backyard business screenprinting T-shirts. Artists are commissioned to produce designs that are duplicated on Mambo products. It became a large commercial clothing and textile manufacturer with an annual turnover of more than $10 million. Mambo products are sold in Japan, America, Europe and New Zealand. As well as furniture and clothes, Mambo designs and graphics are mass produced on surfboards, surfbags, posters, CD covers and in ads.

In 2000 Jennings and co-founder Andrew Rich sold the company to Gazal corporation, a Sydney based clothing manufacturer which had manufactured and distributed Mambo clothes since 1990. This left Jennings and his artists more time to be creative and let others worry about the business and its risks.

Artists represented in this collection include Reg Mombassa, David McKay, Gerry Wedd, Maria Kozic, Jim Mitchell, Paul McNeil, Seenu, Richard Allan, Marcelle Lunam and Jeff Raglus. Their work expresses the obligatory irreverence one has come to expect from Mambo graphic design.

Reg Mombassa, alias artist, writer and musician, Chris O'Doherty (b. 1951) began his association with Mambo Graphics in 1987. Reg created a number of Mambo characters that have become iconic symbols of Australian irreverence like his 'Australian Jesus'. Born in New Zealand, Reg first came to prominence in Australia as a founding member of Australian rock band 'Mental As Anything'. Referred to as a 'modern day Renaissance Man' Reg's list of professional credits is impressive. Artwork by Reg is included in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, The Art Gallery of NSW and the Powerhouse Museum. He has held several successful one-man exhibits and designed the 'Heroes' segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and the poster for the 2000 Paralympics Arts Festival as well as the 'Loud Shirts' (Hawaiian shirts) worn by the Australian Olympic team at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney.
1995

Source

Gift of Mambo Graphics Pty Ltd, 2008

Cite this Object

Poster, 'Mambo Faith,' by Reg Mombassa for Mambo Graphics 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 April 2017, <https://ma.as/319492>
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