In September, an updated version of Dick Frizzell: The Painter was issued. What's that all about?
It’s been three years since the book initially came out – what’s changed?
What’s happened in three years is that the book did so well that Random House thought it deserved another shot, in paperback form. I was only too happy to oblige!
If you could go back in time to your 20-something-year-old-self, what advice would you give him?
I’d tell myself to buy a ukulele and start practicing now, rather than wait until you’re 65 and it becomes a race between memory and arthritis. I also would say, ‘Don’t let that Judy Cheesman get away’, which I obviously must have said to myself anyway.
If you and Sam Hunt got marooned on a desert island together and one of you had to kill and eat the other, who do you think would prevail?
The way I’m feeling right now I don’t think Sam would stand a chance ... mind you, he’s a big bloke!!
You said you had both committed the ultimate sin – of being understood – can you expand on that?
This is an interesting question, but it’s hard to address without sounding like a grumpy old man and I’m hardly that! I really have nothing to complain about, but being widely ‘understood’ does seem to be a problem with public institutions. To anyone joking about how hard it is to get away from the public assault of the ‘Frizzell’ brand, I say just pop into your nearest public gallery and you’ll be quite safe.
What’s the most striking or beautiful thing you’ve seen in the past week?
The big Central Otago landscape that I finished yesterday [below] – perhaps Te Papa could pick it up with the small change from the Red Piano.