Birds feature in a lot of Elisabeth Frink’s artworks. A fascination with flying has been often associated with her work, due in part to the fact that she grew up near a military airfield, and saw bombers returning from missions. These wood pigeons have a quiet feel to them, and the simple colours of their plumage make lithography an ideal medium for a sketch such as this. 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 58.4 x 78.4 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.