Iconic art on show

Now on exhibition at MTG Hawke’s Bay is Artist’s Proof, showcasing print works by Dick Frizzell.

In 2011 the Hastings raised artist gifted a major collection of artist’s proofs to the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust – a set of works, retained by the artist, which had been produced in addition to each of his limited edition prints. This collection dates from the mid-1990s to the present day.

Frizzell began making prints in the late 1970s, not long after he shrugged off the world of advertising and set out to make it as a ‘real’ artist. As paintings emerged, screen prints soon followed and Frizzell’s first post-art school print, Still life with glass of wine and olive branch, was produced from Auckland’s Snake Studios in 1977.

It was after the establishment of Auckland’s Muka Studios in 1984 that Frizzell was fully drawn into the world of printmaking. Learning the subtleties of lithography kept him occupied for over a decade and saw some of his most well-known prints produced.  Screen printing re-entered the frame in the late 1990s, when a commission brought Frizzell into contact with a commercial screen printer.  The potential of these limited edition art prints sent him straight back to the workshop to explore the possibilities.

Hung in chronological order, this growing collection takes us on a whistle-stop tour through the riotous imagination of one of New Zealand’s most prolific contemporary artists.

Artist’s Proof highlights the role that prints have come to play in Frizzell’s recent work; creating a space to revisit ideas, reach out to new audiences, and remix different creative worlds.  The exhibition ends with a brand new 2015 edition of the original Still life with glass of wine and olive branch – coming full circle to celebrate almost 40 years of prints in this artist’s life.

The autumn exhibition season at MTG celebrates New Zealand painting past and present, with some of our best works from the fine art collection sitting alongside one of the freshest voices in Hawke’s Bay’s art scene. Give me shelter is an exhibition of recent works by Tim Thatcher, now resident in Napier. This set of bleak coastal landscapes inhabited by severe semi-industrial sculptures reflects Thatcher’s ongoing interest in sculpture.

Free Radicals – paint and painting 1970-1990, charts a course through one of the strongest areas of art from the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust collection, celebrating visionary artists and benefactors.  This exhibition is the first outing for recently gifted works by Philip Clairmont, Jeffrey Harris, Robin Kahukiwa, Pauline Thompson and Gavin Chilcott.

Bryan Dew – the showing of work by leading satirical painter Bryan Dew (1940-2006) who was Hastings raised, and resident in New York for many years, continues until 31st May.


15 April 2015

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