Frink’s lioness shares the same hard, fixed eyes that characterise many of the animals in her sketches and lithographs. The lioness here is lying down, but everything from her flat ears to her square set shoulders suggests a state of alert tension, suggesting quiet aggression or fear. The single colour used for the body emphasises the sharpness of the teeth in the slightly open mouth without the need for precise detail. Lioness
is part of Images 67
, a collection of nine lithographs of animals by Frink named after the year of their creation.
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 78 x 59.4 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.