Peregrine Falcons are the fastest birds of prey, catching their food in flight by diving at speeds of up to 240 miles per hour. They are resident in the UK throughout the year, mainly in the uplands of the north and west. Elisabeth Frink’s peregrine falcon is at rest, perched on a golden stone, making a striking contrast against the dark ink used for the bird’s plumage. Frink used etching and aquatint on paper to produce this artwork – intaligo printmaking techniques that use chemical actions to incise lines and tonal effects into a surface to hold ink for printing.
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Original: Original: Etching and aquatint on paper 54 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.