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Mambo Greetings from Mambo - Maid in Australia

Date: 2000
Overall: 990 x 660 mm, 0.18 kg
Medium: Colour lithograph on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mambo Graphics Pty Ltd
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00030711
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    David McKay created this poster design as a contributing artist for Mambo. The poster was used to in Mambo stores and by retailers to promote Mambo's 2000 range. The poster plays on tourist picture postcard imagery and includes elements of McKay's botanical and figurative signatures and dry wit. In 2001 McKay painted a ceiling mural and exhibition for Mambo's flagship store in London, bringing contemporary Australian art to an international audience in a fashion retail context.
    SignificanceThe bold graphic style of Mambo appealed to Australia's youth and was regarded as being in dubious taste by more conservative middle class Australia. Mambo successfully expanded into the surf wear markets in Europe, the United States of America and Asia. This poster is representative of the work by contributing Mambo artist David McKay.

    HistoryMambo Graphics is an Australian surf and streetwear company founded in 1984 by Dare Jennings and Andrew Rich and has since become an international design and fashion empire. Mambo began with boardshorts and t-shirts and typically has a bold and bright graphic style that owes much to the cheeky and impious sense of humour of its contributing artists.

    Mambo prides itself on anti-conformist sentiments, reinterpreting classic Australian imagery in often surrealist or dream-like landscapes. The humour and irreverence towards social conventions reflects surf culture's alternative, carefree lifestyle, and poses a challenge to the authority of mainstream culture.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Greetings from Mambo - Maid in Australia

    Web title: Mambo Greetings from Mambo - Maid in Australia

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