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Dick Frizzell Talking to Things


Tue 1 Dec 2009, 10:00am–5:30pm
Wed 2 Dec 2009, 10:00am–5:30pm
Thu 3 Dec 2009, 10:00am–5:30pm
Fri 4 Dec 2009, 10:00am–5:30pm
Sat 5 Dec 2009, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Page Galleries, 42 Victoria St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: pageblackie

Fittingly titled Talking to Things, Dick Frizzell’s inaugural exhibition at Page Blackie Gallery demonstrates that the history of still life painting is far from over. A collection of eighteen immaculately painted canvases demonstrates a fascination for objects and their ability to tell stories.

With its origins in ancient times, popularised in Western art since the 17th Century, still life paintings have always given the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than paintings of other subjects, such as landscape or portraiture. Developed over centuries, the genre has always attracted great artists – Jan Van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci and Claude Monet, to name a few – and has since been a product of experimentation; broken down by the object-focussed Fauvists and Cubists, and elevated to a level of cult-status by American Pop artists such as Andy Warhol.

With his ever-watchful eye, Frizzell has certainly been inspired by this history, with earlier paintings paying homage to, or poking fun at such traditions. Examples include his Cubist Still Life with Hulk Comic Lemon and Jug (1976) or his take on the Surrealists with Metaphysical Cheese (1977), and in this exhibition, an ode to the well-known Fauve painter Andre Derain with his playful Deranged Derain.

Perhaps more delicate in their approach, Dick’s new works demonstrate both classic beauty and eccentric charm. With references as far-ranging as Caravaggio, Vincent Van Gogh, Julia Braithwaite and Jude Rae, each painting is unique and whilst retaining a connection to the still life tradition, the works exude an undeniable warmth and freshness. This is perhaps due to the subject matter (there is a not a wilting flower or bruised grape in sight) but also a result of the method of painting with the canvases carefully calculated and the paint applied in beautifully balanced layers.

Dick Frizzell’s Talking to Things runs from the 10th of November until the 5th of December.

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