Something To Behold – Dick Frizzell

27 July - 26 August 2018 - The Central Art Gallery in the Library

Something To Behold is celebrated Kiwi artist Dick Frizzell’s tribute to self – this is his hero show.

From a vocabulary in painting built up over the last 50 years, he has curated his own survey show. There are seascapes, a flower painting, a suite of new tiki works, a Phantom painting of course, and even a stag at bay. All the classical “cheesy” genres.

Frizzell has long enjoyed conflating pop culture with more serious concerns. But humour aside, he applies paint to canvas with gravitas and dexterity and is one of New Zealand art’s icons.

This show is a must see.


Dick Frizzell’s work has always been characterised by a highly skilled handling of paint and an endlessly inventive range of subject matter and styles: faux-native New Zealand landscapes, figurative still-life, comic book characters and witty parodies of modernist abstraction.

His taste is conveniently broad and he has a penchant for fondly remembered and well-worn clichés. His work also portrays a sense of exuberance, ironic humour and baby-boomer nostalgia.

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, who lives in Auckland, completed a fine arts degree at the University of Canterbury in 1963.

Dates: 28 July 2018 to 26 August 2018 (Tuesdays to Sundays)

Times: 10.00am to 5.00pm


Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 60 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.