Carla. Age: 31.
Hugely talented in many media, he resists being categorised in any one art style or genre. Before moving into visual arts Frizzell worked as an animator, commercial artist and illustrator and has no qualms about blurring the categories between his commercial work and art. 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.
Aleah. Age: 31.
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Frizzell's work is best described as pop Wharwick Brown in its appropriation of kitsch kiwiana icons and incorporation of them into his often cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. He does not stay within one particular style, and often adopts unfashionable painting styles. Frizzell's best-known work uses as its base the "Four Square man", an advertising character for the Four Square grocery chain. Frizzell is also responsible for the lithograph 'Mickey to Tiki'.
Adalynn. Age: 27.
Dick Frizzell is without doubt one of the most influential artists working in New Zealand today. Given the rapid and complex societal change that has occurred in New Zealand over the last thirty years, questions of Kiwi identity, culture, environment, and art are ever relevant and as a practising artist, Frizzell is firmly ensconced in a role that asks him to query, to needle, to invent, to reflect. From sources as varied as canned fish wrappers, corner shop signage and junk mail, he turned images into paintings, giving titles that introduced unexpected associations. In much of his imagery, no line is drawn between low art sources such as comic book illustrations or packaging and the high art references with which his painting is freely sprinkled.
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