Phantom Fist ; Dick Frizzell; 1979; 79/16


Te Manawa


Phantom Fist

About this object

'Putting yourself on the line' is a term which means exposing yourself to the possibilty of loss or damage. In this image, Dick Frizzell cleverly plays with the words "lion" and "line" with a representation of the lion, whom is battling the Phantom. The lion represents a side of the artist himself, while the Phantom is popular character who often reappears in the artists work.


Dick Frizzell

Maker Role




Date Made


Medium and Materials

Silk screen print on paper

Place Made

New Zealand

Inscription and Marks

Titled lower left in pencil: "Phantom Fist 22/50". Signed and dated lower Right in pencil "Frizzell 28/2/79


H 470 W 610mm

Subject and Association Description

In the late 1970's Dick Frizzell was looking for his next subject to focus on after great success with his re-representations the fish, when he decdied to focus on the Lion for the simple fact that he was a Leo. He says " I thuoght it through and came to the conclusion that progress to date had been fabulous but dead ended in Art-about-Art. Bit too 'objective', and I wanted more subjectivity.So, literal as ever,I easier to be more subjective than to be the subject...Lion - related images just seemed to roll in serendipitously." Dick Frizell- The Painter. Pub 2009 by Random House. pp 58/59

Named Collection

Collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc.

Credit Line

Purchased ,1979. Image Courtesy of the artist and Te Manawa Museums Trust.

Object Type

Work on paper

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