On Sunday in Austin, Texas I had the pleasure of touring the Robert Rodriguez Museum featuring the work of artist Frank Frazetta. Frazetta is considered to be one of the most influential fantasy artists whose work appeared mostly on paperback covers of such writers as Edgar Rice Burroughs (“Tarzan,” “John Carter of Mars”) and Robert Howard (“Conan”).
Writer / director Robert Rodriquez gave me a tour of the museum, talking about his passion for Frank Frazetta’s work. How as a kid, he would cut the covers off the paperbacks and paste them on his wall. Rodriquez was able to work with Frazetta, commissioning him to create a poster for Rodriquez’s 1996 film “From Dusk to Dawn.” Since meeting the late artist, Rodriquez has been wanting to create a museum to share Frazetta’s work and also to fund to permeant collection of the artwork.
The collection features 12 Frazetta paintings including some of the artists most iconic paintings. On display are such wonderful paintings as Egyptian Queen, At the Earth’s Core, Conan Man Ape and Dark Kingdom. Rodriquez is planning a remake of Frank Frazetta’s 1983 movie “Fire and Ice.”
In addition to the Frazetta paintings, there is also an original “Sin City” masterpiece done especially for Rodriguez by Frank Miller. There is original artwork by Sebastian Kruger and Clete Shields.
Also included is a gallery of original movie props from Rodriguez’s films and painted portraits of characters from Rodriguez’s films between Rodriquez himself and his actors including painting by Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Lady Gaga, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gorden Levitt.
A selection of hand numbered girl prints of Frazetta pieces photographed and printed by Robert Rodriguez are available to purchase. Proceeds from the prints and merchandise benefit the preservation of Frank Frazetta’s art.
The Robert Rodriquez Museum featuring the Frank Frazetta collection is open during the run of SXSW at 920 Congress Ave..