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.