Here, a duck and a drake swim serenely along the surface of the water, past the grey cross-hatching in the top left-hand corner. Upon closer inspection, this background detail turns out to be a camouflaged hunter in a kayak, their rifle poised to shoot the pair. Ducks
is one of a series of nine lithographs of animals by Frink entitled Images 67
, named after the year of their creation.
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 59.2 x 77.9 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.