This print is one of two that Elisabeth Frink made of ospreys in 1974. This print shows the predatory bird in flight, soaring over a calm blue expanse of water, a fish in its talons. Frink builds the osprey’s distinctive eye-markings and plumage using layers of lithograph ink. Lithography is a technique where an image is drawn onto a large metal or stone block using an ink-attracting substance, and then printed onto paper.
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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.