The Clayton Utz Art Partnership – Sydney
The Clayton Utz Art Partnership brings together a unique collaboration between two outstanding Australian artists and our firm.
Read more about this collaboration in an article recently published in Issue 43 of Artist Profile.
Each exhibition presents an opportunity to showcase the work of two contemporary artists in the offices of Clayton Utz. Our exhibition space offers a unique visual art experience for clients to get up close and personal with an amazing array of artwork. The uniquely curated program allows both artists to explore and display their work in one of Australia's leading corporate environments. Guests visiting the exhibition will have an opportunity to explore the artwork in an intimate and innovative environment.
Complementing the exhibition is an Artist-in-Residence experience within the Clayton Utz offices. This opportunity provides both artists and Clayton Utz a collaborative platform to explore the artistic process and allows us and our clients exclusive access to the artist and the creative process.
The Clayton Utz Art Partnership is a truly exciting initiative and demonstrates our pride as an Australian firm committed to the cultural sector, and the broader creative communities in which we live and work. We hope you enjoy being part of it.
Reg Mombassa and David Griggs
In our fifth Sydney exhibition we’re excited to be featuring artworks by two internationally acclaimed artists Christopher O'Doherty, also know as Reg Mombassa and David Griggs. Amongst his broad practice, Reg is well known for the iconic designs of the famous Mambo clothing brand. Griggs is famous for his bold, anarchistic paintings and exhibiting in international museums such as the Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2019.
Reg Mombassa, is an Australian musician and artist. He is known for his membership in bands Mental as Anything, Dog Trumpet and The Pinks. He worked with Mambo Graphics designing T-shirts and posters since 1986 and exhibited paintings, drawings and prints at Watters Gallery from 1975 to 2018.
Beneath the humour in his work lies the expression of serious insights and sympathies. O’Doherty’s oeuvre is shaped from allegorical landscapes that create lingering, enigmatic sensations to both invite and unsettle his audience. His depictions of the familiar Australian landscape are imbued with an atmosphere of the immaterial to build a soft pulsing anticipation and gnawing stillness within his work. In the words of Australian art historian Chris McAuliffe, “In O’Doherty’s hands, every horizon hides an unreachable place where we long to be, every hillside implies an opposing slope that we’ll never know”.
Famous for his bold, anarchistic approach, David Griggs’ unique blend of portraiture, political imagery and vernacular motifs explore the darker side of the human condition. Combining humour and dark imagery, David Griggs presents truths of the darker undercurrents of human existence.
David Griggs presented a major survey exhibition BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN at Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW, which is touring NSW. His work is often collaborative, engaging directly with communities while remaining sensitive to the ethical and moral obligations this demands. For 10 years Griggs resided in the Philippines and has created a significant body of work traversing painting, photography and film that reveals the social hierarchies and underground culture of his adopted home. He is currently living and working in Sydney.