Sparrow hawks are relatively small birds of prey, resident all throughout the UK and Ireland year-round. They mainly prey on small birds, flying at speeds of around 30-40 kilometres per hour. Elisabeth Frink depicts her sparrow hawk flying above a yellow furrowed field, with speckled ink around the bird’s beak hinting at some invisible prey clasped there. For this artwork Frink used etching and aquatint on paper– 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 53 x 46.7 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.