Recent paintings, drawings and prints by highly acclaimed artist and musician, Chris O’Doherty, aka Reg Mombassa, will be on show at the School’s art gallery, Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery. The exhibition is called ‘Random Manifestations of Hallucinatory Anthropomorphism, Blue Mountains Grammar Selection’ was officially opened by Cr Mark Greenhill, Mayor of the city of Blue Mountains, on Saturday, 17th October
Chris O’Doherty is one of Australia’s most recognizable and well-respected painters. He is represented and exhibits at Watters Gallery in East Sydney, but has also captivated our generation with his graphic work for the fashion label Mambo, so you are just as likely to see his work on a T-shirt walking down the street. Mr O’Doherty gained fame as a core member of the band Mental as Anything and he has also been the ambassador for the 2013 Sydney NYE celebrations, when his work was showcased on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Students at Blue Mountains Grammar have been studying Mr O’Doherty’s iconic suburban landscapes and social commentary on the Australian vernacular, a balancing act between cartoon-like celebration and socio-political comment. His iconic landscapes make you reflect on your own values and sentiments towards the environment we all inhabit. Students from Year 8 have made a series of linocut prints inspired by Mr O’Doherty’s use of metaphor and personification of everyday objects such the guitar in his work Landscape Guitars. A selection of students’ works will be exhibited alongside Mr O’Doherty’s inspiring comical landscapes and some of his reflections on the recent fires that have affected so many Blue Mountains residents. Please come and join us and meet the artist, for a celebration of the Australian landscape seen from a whole new perspective.
After the official opening of the exhibition by the Mayor, the students in the BMGS Rock Band had the wonderful experience of playing a number of musical items with Mr. O’Doherty, to the delight of the crowd.