Dick Frizzell

New Zealand b.ᅠ1943

Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

Dick Frizzell has often slipped through the nets of traditional critical and curatorial definition and the success of his artistic career is, in part, due to the number of dramatic diversions he has made between different art styles and genres. Before moving into visual arts Frizzell worked in advertising.ᅠ He has worked as an animator, commercial artist and illustrator and has no qualms about blurring the categories between his commercial work and art.ᅠ His paintings are often a pastiche of images drawing on modern art and graphic design.

His work has always been characterised by a highly skilled handling of paint and an endlessly inventive range of subject matter and styles: faux-naive New Zealand landscapes, figurative still-life, comic book characters and witty parodies of modernist abstraction.ᅠ His taste is conveniently broad and he has a penchant for fondly remembered and well-worn clichés.ᅠ His work also portrays a sense of exuberance, ironic humour and baby-boomer nostalgia.ᅠ An anti-traditionalist, Frizzell often makes a deliberate effort to mix up the categories of high and low art - poking fun at the intellectualisation of 'high art' and the existential angst of much New Zealand painting in the art culture of his youth.

Frizzell has emerged as somewhat of an icon in New Zealand’s visual culture and fittingly he was commissioned to create some of the official 2011 Rugby World Cup artworks. His series of images capture New Zealand’s unique culture and rugby’s place within it. Ranging from his infamous Tiki (which courted such controversy when unveiled in the 1990s in the midst of a national debate about biculturalism) to a nostalgic image of half-time oranges for sustenance, bootlaces in the shape of New Zealand and an animated strip of the haka, these works are quintessentially Frizzellean.

Although primarily a painter, Frizzell also produces an extensive range of works on paper including lithographs and screen prints.

Education:

1964 Ilam Art School, Canterbury, New Zealand,

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2014  Dick Frizzell in the Waikato, Aesthete Gallery, Hamilton

2011ᅠ Rugby, Rhyming and Here, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2010ᅠ The Gloves Are Off, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2009ᅠ Treasures from a Skull Cave, Black Barn Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay

2008ᅠ Walking Back to Happiness,ᅠGow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2006ᅠ An Event of One, Dick Frizzell in Antarctica 2005, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2004ᅠ The Pumpkin is a Red Herring, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2003 ᅠPlease keep us safe while we sleep by the fire, Hawkes Bay Art Museum

2002 ᅠPleased to remember, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
What is this, Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

2001ᅠ Welcome to Sunny Hawkes Bay, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

2000ᅠ Home Truths, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

1999ᅠ Exhibition of Paintings, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.

1998ᅠ Patched Up, Andrew Jensen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
What I Yam - the Junk Mail Narratives, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, NZ.

1997 ᅠDick Frizzell, Portrait of a Serious Artiste, City Gallery Wellington, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Vanity Vanity, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, Nhew Zealand.
Popova to Remuera, John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
Summer Muster,ᅠ Andrew Jensen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
Construction from Freedom, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Lost and Found, Lesley Kriesler Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

1996ᅠ Line and Point,ᅠ Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Lesley Kriesler Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Ambitious Objects, Andrew Jensen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

1995ᅠP.O.P. Past on Paper, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
Hoi Te Toi Te, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

1994ᅠNo Figure Necessary, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
European Descendant, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

1993ᅠ Hook, Line and Sinker, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
The Agua Amarga Suite, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
Selected Hook, Line and Sinkerᅠworks, Lesley Kriesler Gallery, New Plymouth

1992ᅠ South Island Landscapes, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland,
South Island Landscapes, Exhibited at the Carnegie Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Tiki, Works on Paper,ᅠSalamander Gallery Art Centre, Christchurch
Tiki, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

1991ᅠ  What’s the Big Idea?,ᅠJanne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
South Island Landscapes,ᅠCSA Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.

1990ᅠ Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
Big Paintings, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
Images for Lovers, Works on Paper Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

1989ᅠ Lithographs, Muka Studio and Regent Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

1987ᅠJanne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

1986ᅠ Heads On, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

1985ᅠ Eh! Easy, Hard, Impossible, Carnegie Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Works on Paper, Red Metro Gallery,
Dick at DKD, DKD Cafe Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand.
Escape From Salvation Part III, Installation at Last and First Cafe, Auckland

1984ᅠ Escape From Salvation, RKS Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
Still Lives, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
Headlines, RKS Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

1983ᅠ Give and Take, Last and First Cafe, Auckland, New Zealand.
Spring Show, Louise Beale Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

1982 ᅠStill Lives, Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.1981ᅠEverybodies Business, RKS Art, Auckland and Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington, NZ.

1980ᅠ Home is Where the Art Is, RKS Art, Auckland and Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

1979 ᅠIllustrations of Americaᅠ(The Dancing Chicken Show), RKS Art, Auckland, Elva Bett Gallery, Wellington and Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.

1977ᅠ Putting it all on the Lion, Barry Lett Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

1976ᅠ A-fish-ial Exhibition, Barry Lett Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

 

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