A FAST-PACED ROMP THROUGH THE HISTORY OF WESTERNPAINTING WITH ONE OF NEW ZEALAND'S BEST-KNOWN PAINTERS
A fast-paced romp through the history of Western painting with one of New Zealand's best-known painters. Throughout his long career, New Zealand painter Dick Frizzell has often gone way out on a limb to see where it would take him. From his early Pop art-influenced approach to his experiments with landscape and the contested area of appropriation, he's always been brave. Now, he takes on the history of art, starting right back at cave art to discover the key threads of Western art that sit in his DNA as a painter in the 21st century. The approach is essential Frizzell: bring everyone along for the ride. It's a fun romp, but despite the humour, it sits on a bedrock of serious scholarship and reverence for the painters of the past. And there's one thing that makes this book different from any other: all the reproductions of significant paintings, from Rubens and Tintoretto to Cezanne and Lichtenstein, are by Frizzell himself, heroically painted over a twelve-month period. Me, According to the History of Art is the art history education you've been missing. Painting tips included.
Dick Frizzell MNZM is one of New Zealand's best known and most versatile painters. He studied at the Ilam School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury from 1960 to 1963 and then had a long career in advertising. Alongside his career as a painter, Frizzell is also the highly sought-after designer of a range of products from toys to wine. He is the author of Dick Frizzell: The Painter (Random House NZ, 2009) and It's All About the Image (Random House NZ, 2011). Dick exhibits regularly and often works in collaborations with writers and other artists. He lives in Auckland with this wife.
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