Shearwaters are a collection of seabirds that are also referred to as ‘tubenoses’. Shearwaters spend their lives at sea, only coming ashore to breed. Elisabeth Frink’s shearwater looks like a Great Shearwater, which can be seen along the coasts of south west England and the north and west of Scotland from August to September each year. Her print shows it soaring over the sea using the air current above the waves, effectively textured by the printing process. Frink used lithography to create this artwork - 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.