EYES ON THE HORIZON: THE DYNAMIC ART OF CHRIS O’DOHERTY AT WYNYARD PLACE

Some of the most distinctive art produced over the past few decades in Australia has come from the inimitable mind of Chris O’Doherty (also known as Reg Mombassa). Chris first came to public attention as a guitarist with Mental As Anything, the band he formed in 1976 with his brother, Peter, and fellow artist Martin Plaza. In 1985 he joined Mambo, creating his unique graphics for posters and clothing that are known worldwide. His work is celebrated for its creative and often darkly humorous and sometimes surreal approach to themes including politics, religion, history, and pop culture.

 

Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, Chris’s work can now be seen around the site of Sydney’s next significant commercial and retail development at Wynyard Place, providing a colourful community engagement opportunity and offering a playful sense of escapism for workers, tourists and residents alike with its memorable imagery and poignant scenes.

 

Adorning the ground level hoarding around 10 Carrington Street is a curated selection of 11 of Chris’s works, chosen from his four-part series, named Hills, Houses, Roads and Water, and displayed in an eye-catching gallery style. The artworks are unmistakably evocative of Australian life and landscapes and are all based on actual places in New South Wales.

 

Head of Marketing and Communications for Arts Brookfield in Australia, Kerrie Muskens, praised the innovation of the project. “We’ve never seen anything quite like it in Sydney before, done on such a large scale and with the involvement of a truly iconic Australian artist. Located opposite the busy Wynyard Interchange, this public art activation will set a fantastic tone for the many thousands of people coming and going from the city each day.”

 

Injecting further vitality into the area is Chris’s large-scale continuous mural artwork, displayed above street level on the facia, and featuring a host of his stylised dreamlike characters and settings. The works will engage a wide audience and provide a positive talking point and placemaking experience for at least 12 months.

 

This arts initiative is brought to the people of Sydney by Arts Brookfield and has been curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery (an initiative of Wiltshire + Dimas Management).

 

 

 

ABOUT ARTS BROOKFIELD

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, London, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theatre and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.

 

ABOUT aMBUSH GALLERY

aMBUSH Gallery’s strength lies in their ability to innovate. While they continue to be a physical space – hosting exhibitions, collaborations, and partnerships – they have always thrived on operating outside the parameters of a traditional gallery, and now deliver arts and cultural activities to audiences in locations nationally and internationally. Over the past ten years they have worked on over 500 projects with more than 4,000 artists, and created an economy for Australian artists that is unparalleled.

 

aMBUSH is simultaneously a social enterprise and a leader in placemaking (working to ensure the successful design and implementation of physical infrastructure at new arts-related spaces) and creative placemaking (developing site-specific projects with cultural intentions), as well as holding residencies at CBD locations and operating satellite venues. Their ability to originate in the arts space adds elements of surprise, entertainment and enjoyment, and makes them groundbreakers in the industry. aMBUSH Gallery is an initiative of Bill Dimas and John Wiltshire of Wiltshire + Dimas Management.

 

ABOUT CHRIS O’DOHERTY (aka Reg Mombassa)

Chris has amassed an impressive and diverse lineup of artwork and accolades over the years, with his body of paintings, drawings, prints and graphics included in the permanent collections of The National Art Gallery (Canberra), the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra), the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as in museums, galleries and private collections across the country. His art has also adorned clothing, books, record covers, coins and stamps, and he designed both the official Australian athletes’ uniforms and the ‘Hero’ segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympics closing ceremony, and had a role as cultural ambassador for Sydney’s 2013 New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

Chris’s art often takes an amusing semi-abstract approach with a cast of bizarre characters, including aliens, gum trees with eyes, a spacedog, and Australian Jesus. Chris expertly weaves social commentary throughout his works, to craft images and observations that have variety, depth and application to Australian life.

 

His artwork and his large solo and collaborative mural works can be found all over Australia and around the world.

 

For more information, please visit our website at www.brookfield.com or contact:

Media:

Kerrie Muskens Brookfield

Tel: +61 2 9322 2753 or + 61 410 535250

Email: Kerrie.muskens@au.brookfield.com

 

John Wiltshire aMBUSH Gallery

john@ambushgallery.com

phone 0433 015 780 and 02 8399 0707