Here Frink depicts a black guillemot in its summer plumage of black with a white patch on its wing. The monochromatic colour palette is not only appropriate for the bird’s plumage, it’s also evocative of the bird’s location. The guillemot is usually found in large sea lochs in Western Scotland and the Shetland and Orkney Isles around rocky islets. Birds are a recurrent theme in her work, as both as ‘vehicles for strong feelings of panic, tension, aggression and predatoriness’ and as studies of natural forms
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Original: Lithograph on paper 53 x 73.7 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.