“Artist, hip hop performer, radio host, tattooist, graphic designer.”
Otis Frizzell has maintained a high profile for more than a decade, bringing the same appealing combination of energy, humour and raw talent to all his work, regardless of the medium.
Otis has more than fifteen years of public graffiti art experience and since 1998 has retained his undisputed position as New Zealand’s highest profile graffiti artist.
His first solo exhibition ‘Opto2000’ was produced with pop culture manipulator Mike Weston. This exhibition marked the beginning of an innovative art production and management collaboration. The two of them have produced a playful and challenging stream of works, setting and resetting the benchmark in artistic and technical achievement against which the local scene has measured itself. Otis’ works can be found in the Saatchi & Saatchi offices, IE Music (Robbie William’s London Management Office), on KFC packaging, Playstation advertisements, TV2 promos and record sleeves. His December 2004 cover illustration for ProDesign won the ‘Business Magazine Cover of the Year Award’. During 2004 Otis abandoned TV celebrity to focus on art projects working out of ‘The Area’ studio with Mike Weston. In December 2004 this duo collaborated with well known Maori activist Tame Iti, producing ‘Dr Tutu featuring Tame Iti’: creating an art/music package exploring themes of appropriation, biculturalism and theft, presented as an exhibition of 88 paintings inspired by the recorded words featured on a CD accompanying the works. Artistic innovator, style leader, radio personality, tattooist, graphic designer, hip hop performer – a man of many talents and a success in every pursuit, Otis is one of the true stars of New Zealand’s alternative universe, and will always be Dick Frizzell’s son.