Being artist in residence at Alexandra’s Henderson House gave Dick Frizzell the perfect opportunity to finish a book and gain inspiration for a series of paintings, he tells Rebecca Fox.
Earlier this year two of New Zealand's pre-eminent artists - Dick Frizzell and Grahame Sydney - jumped in a ute and headed out to search for inspiration along some of Central Otago's most remote roads.
Frizzell, a North Islander, paints faux-naive New Zealand landscapes and pop-art while Sydney is known as the definitive painter of Central Otago landscapes.
''He took me to all his favourite haunts, isolated corners of the area. He took me up the Dunstan Trail, all that stuff, '' Frizzell says.
It posed a problem.
''But of course I'm looking for myself in that and I keep seeing Grahame Sydney everywhere. So then I went off on my own and I found a few Dick Frizzells - it was brilliant.''