b. 1943 Auckland, New Zealand
Lives in Auckland
Dick Frizzell is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated painters. Having studied Fine Arts (Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, 1964) he began his career in advertising before becoming a full time painter in 1995. He has exhibited extensively since with career highlights that include the major travelling retrospective Dick Frizzell: Portrait of a Serious Artiste (City Gallery, Wellington, 1997); his residency in Antarctica as part of the Invitational Artist Programme (2005) and the publication of the monograph Dick Frizzell: The Painter (Random House NZ, 2009). In 2011 Frizzell penned It’s All About the Image (Random House, 2011) a rough guide to New Zealand Art History commissioned by the publisher.
His work is now held in collections throughout the country, most notably Christchurch Art Gallery, The Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand. He was commissioned to create some of the official artwork for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Dick Frizzell was included in Gow Langsford Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in 1987 and has been represented by the gallery since.
1964 Ilam Art School, Canterbury, New Zealand
2021 Return to Order, Page Galleries, Wellington
Ceci N’est Pas 1921, The Central Art Gallery, Christchurch
2020 Ceci N’est Pas 1921, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2019 Out of Alex, Milford Galleries, Dunedin
2018 Landscapes (with Karl Maughan), Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Bark, Milford Galleries, Queenstown
2016 Escape from Salvation Part III, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2015 Up the Road, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2013 The Dance of the Hooligans, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2011 Rugby, Rhyming and Here, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2010 The Gloves Are Off, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2009 Treasures from a Skull Cave, Black Barn Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay
2008 Walking Back to Happiness, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland