Collection

Phantom fist
Dick Frizzell

1979

Dick Frizzell
b.
1943
Title:
Phantom fist
Production date:
1979
Accession No:
80/29
Measurements:
470 x 610mm
Media:
Screenprint on paper

Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Purchased from Monica Brewster Bequest in 1980.

In 'Phantom fist' Frizzell uses the imagery, bright flat colour and black outlines of the comic book, in the tradition of the Pop Art movement which began in the United States in the 1950s. Actually, Frizzell was a professional animator for about five years early in his career.

This screenprint was in Frizzell's first solo exhibition called 'Putting it all on the lion' at Barry Lett Galleries in Auckland in 1978. The works in this exhibition were thematically linked (as the name suggests) to the lion image, directly or indirectly by jungle, tropical and comic-book associations. Frizzell's own lion-like appearance and his zodiacal sign Leo were the starting-points for this series.