Elisabeth Frink had an incredibly prolific and varied artistic output throughout her career. As well as her sculptural work, for which she is best known, Frink also made drawings, etchings and lithographs as studies for sculptures, illustrations for books such as The Odyssey
and The Canterbury Tales
, and as works in their own right. Birds are a recurrent theme in her artworks, 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 61 x 47.6 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.