Ospreys are migratory birds of prey found mostly in Scotland, where they return yearly from Africa to breed. Specialised fish-eaters, ospreys fly high above the water to locate fish before diving spectacularly to catch their prey in their talons. Elisabeth Frink’s osprey, with distinctive eye-markings, eats its meal perched on a rock surrounded by water. The sketched outline of a fish in the water below the bird adds a note of humour to a striking piece. This is one of a series of nine bird prints Frink made in 1974, titled Birds of Prey
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Original: Original: Etching and aquatint on paper 54.1 x 46.5 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.