Graduating from the University of Canterbury in 1964, Dick Frizzell initially worked as a commercial artist. This not only introduced him to the notion of art making as a profession, but also placed him within the environment from which much of his imagery has evolved. Frizzell’s art is humorous, yet poignant, reflecting a love of familiar imagery and clichés (such as the Four Square Man) from advertisements, billboards and posters produced during the 1950s and 60s. His work can be characterised by a highly skilled handling of paint and an endlessly diverse range of subject matter and styles including figurative still-life, faux-naive New Zealand landscapes, comic book characters and witty parodies of modernist abstraction. An anti-traditionalist, Frizzell often works deliberately to blur the boundaries between high and low art.Read More
Frizzell has received considerable recognition from the art institutions in New Zealand and in 1997 was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition toured by the City Gallery Wellington.
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