Born in 1963 and raised in Dunedin NZ to parents both employed in entertainment and news media production, his formative teen years were spent riding a skateboard and immersed in the emerging arty bohemian “Dunedin sound” music scene of the period. Having established a creative direction in the DIY aesthetic of the skateboarding and punk revolutions, he has worked independently as artist, multi media producer, musician, composer, designer and art director for 30+ years.
He relocated to Auckland in the mid 80’s, finding employment as a recording engineer, programmer and producer, while creatively and technically engaged innovating in the alternative electronic music and visual arts . A product of the warehouse habitat and party scene, his studio and production operations evolved through a sequence of locations and reinventions, working in a wide variety of media and projects, into the current West Auckland based operational identity The Area, now in 20th year of operation.
Output fromThe Area includes paintings, fine art prints, electronic music, video, design, photography, merchandise, and art/music events. A selection of his art print works number amongst NZ all time biggest sellers. His fine art output is represented by Artis gallery
Perhaps best known as half of collaborative art brand Weston Frizzell, with Otis Frizzell, his work is characterised by collaboration, collage, frequent engagment in socio politcial issues and current affairs, and with a deft integration of creative business modelling and social activist strategies.
photo : Cally Whitham