Phantom Fist ; Dick Frizzell; 1979; 79/16
'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.
1979Medium and Materials
Silk screen print on paper
Titled lower left in pencil: "Phantom Fist 22/50". Signed and dated lower Right in pencil "Frizzell 28/2/79
H 470 W 610mmSubject 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 thought...how 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
Collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc.Credit Line
Purchased ,1979. Image Courtesy of the artist and Te Manawa Museums Trust.
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