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b. 1943, New Zealand

Dick Frizzell Biography

Dick Frizzell studied at the Canterbury University College School of Art , Christchurch, New Zealand (1960-64) and during the following eight years worked in commercial art and advertising. His exhibition of paintings of grocery food cans (Barry Lett Galleries, Auckland, 1978) represented a turning point in his career, establishing a presence as an important New Zealand contemporary artist. Rather than paint images of the real world, Frizzell drew attention to the symbols and signs that represented the real world. 

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Frizzell’s paintings and prints have appropriated New Zealand popular culture such as the Four Square man and cultural heritage such as the tiki, as well as international modern art movements such as Russian Constructivism and Cubism.

American popular art has also been an enduring influence, in particular the comic strip The Phantom. Frizzell’s work is humorous, insightful and skilful, and as an anti-traditionalist he frequently challenges boundaries of high and low art. 

Frizzell is also recognised as a printmaker and as a writer, recently publishing a highly successful autobiography, Dick Frizzell: The Painter (2009). Frizzell has work in the collections of Auckland Art Gallery and the Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa, in Wellington; as well as numerous private collections around the world. His works are highly sought after and he continues to work in his studio in Auckland. 

Dick Frizzell Featured Artworks

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Portuguese Still Life by Dick Frizzell contemporary artwork
Dick FrizzellPortuguese Still Life, c. 2016oil on canvas
70 x 70 cm
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The Waterwheel Dream by Dick Frizzell contemporary artwork
Dick FrizzellThe Waterwheel Dream, c. 2016oil on canvas
180 x 180 cm
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Swell by Dick Frizzell contemporary artwork
Dick FrizzellSwell, c. 2016oil on cavnas
160 x 160 cm
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God by Dick Frizzell contemporary artwork
Dick FrizzellGod, c. 2016oil on canvas
180 x 125 cm
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Second Haumoana Driveway by Dick Frizzell contemporary artwork
Dick FrizzellSecond Haumoana DrivewayGouache on paper
45 x 50 cm (incl frame)
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Private Driveway Hawkes Bay by Dick Frizzell contemporary artwork
Dick FrizzellPrivate Driveway Hawkes BayGouache on paper
45 x 50 cm (incl frame)
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Gate and Track by Dick Frizzell contemporary artwork
Dick FrizzellGate and TrackGouache on paper
45 x 50 cm (incl frame)
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Near 8 Mile Junction by Dick Frizzell contemporary artwork
Dick FrizzellNear 8 Mile Junction, 2015Acrylic on linen
52 x 67 cm (incl frame)
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Dick Frizzell Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Beyond Kāpene Kuku / Captain Cook at Page Galleries, Wellington
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1–31 August 2019 Group Exhibition Beyond Kāpene Kuku / Captain Cook Page GalleriesWellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Dick Frizzell, Something to Behold! at Page Galleries, Wellington
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26 October–27 November 2017 Dick Frizzell Something to Behold! Page GalleriesWellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Landscape 2017 at Page Galleries, Wellington
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6–31 July 2017 Group Exhibition Landscape 2017 Page GalleriesWellington

Dick Frizzell Represented By

Jonathan Smart Gallery contemporary art gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand Jonathan Smart Gallery Christchurch
Page Galleries contemporary art gallery in Wellington, New Zealand Page Galleries Wellington

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