FRIZZELL, Dick

Woodchopper

1983
Enamel on board
1200 x 1500mm

Born in Auckland and brought up in Hastings, Frizzell studied at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts from 1960–64, then moved to Auckland where he had a variety of jobs. He was a cartoon animator in 1966 and thereafter the art director for an advertising agency, anticipating the pop imagery of many of his paintings. He frequently painted deliberately banal subject matter, transforming low art images with the techniques of high art and frequently exploiting the dichotomy with considerable wit.

He left the agency in 1974 to freelance as a designer and illustrator. From 1979 he was a lecturer in painting at the University of Auckland School of Fine Arts. Frizzell’s first one person exhibition was at Barry Lett Galleries in 1978 and he has continued to exhibit regularly since then throughout New Zealand. In 1979 he travelled to study art in the USA.

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