“Mambo’s designs have always told a story through art and characters, this year will be no different.”
One of Australia’s most iconic surf and art brand Mambo, launches new season with LEE MCCONNELL at the helm.
Officially taking the role of Art Director at the start of the year, Lee is keeping the business focused on real artworks and bringing it back to its true heritage of art and music. Celebrating more than 30 years of artistic history and satirical designs, the brand shows no signs of slowing down with a number of creative collaborations in the pipeline.
Announced for the second year in a row, Mambo returns as Splendour in the Grass’ major fashion sponsor, with plans to activate bigger, better and more immersive art installations. Lee will be leading the art direction, which will be based on the collection Paradise Psych in the prime position of the top of the amphitheatre.
Above images: Life Without Andy
Last year McConnell, alongside other Mambo artists, designed the Screaming Guitar, which was a completely interactive five-metre-tall guitar with a 2m giant tongue for festival goers to slide down on. At night, the guitar’s eyes lit up as well as the neck flashing and flickering.
These art installations represent the strong sense of creativity, artistic heritage and daring sense of humour Mambo is known and loved for.
“Mambo’s designs have always told a story through art and characters, this year will be no different.” Lee explains.
The fusion of music and art is a natural combination for Lee, and his style is a natural fit for the Mambo. All the art is hand drawn with a focus on line work and new art is created every season.
Alongside working with Mambo, Lee is also involved with a number of other creative endeavours, including his recent collaborative work with the Dune Rats album cover and tour posters as well as co directing a music festival, Grow Your Own, in partnership with friend and musician Holly Rankin (Jack River).