In 1974, Elisabeth Frink made two series of lithographs on the subject of birds: Birds of Prey
. This cormorant, drying its outstretched wings on a rock, against a pale blue sea, is from the latter series. Found all along the UK coastline, cormorants are powerful fishers, diving deep into the water to catch their prey. Whilst the rock and the background of the sea are solid colours, the mottled effect of the lithography ink on the bird’s body is striking as a depiction of feathers.
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Original: Lithograph on paper 61 x 50.2 cm © Estate of Elisabeth Frink. All Rights Reserved, DACS 20YY
Dame Elisabeth Frink was an English sculptor and printmaker who studied at the Guildford School of Art at the Chelsea School of Art. Frink’s range of subjects included the human figure, birds, dogs, horses and religious motifs. Frink created a lot of bronze outdoor sculptures, her style generalised the form and eliminated the detail of the sculptures. Frink’s continued fascination with flight was evident in a series of falling figures and winged men that she made during the 1960s.