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More than 130 works by the artist Elis­a­beth Frink, go on show in Nor­folk this month for the largest show­ing of her work in the 25 years since her death.

Elis­a­beth Frink: Hu­mans and Other An­i­mals at the Sains­bury Cen­tre will ex­am­ine her rad­i­cal and bo­hemian be­gin­nings in 1950s Lon­don, reap­prais­ing one of the most im­por­tant Bri­tish sculp­tors of the 20th cen­tury. Frink’s work will be placed along­side other mod­ern mas­ters, in­clud­ing Pablo Pi­casso, Al­berto Gi­a­cometti, Au­guste Rodin, Fran­cis Ba­con, Ger­maine Richier and Louise Bour­geois, in ad­di­tion to work by two ex­cit­ing con­tem­po­rary artists, Dou­glas Gor­don and Re­becca War­ren.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­mans and an­i­mals was cen­tral for Suf­folk-born Frink and one she re­turned to through­out her life. She rose to promi­nence while at Chelsea Col­lege of Art in 1952, when she had her first ma­jor gallery ex­hi­bi­tion and won a prize in the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for the Mon­u­ment to the Un­known Po­lit­i­cal Pris­oner.

Dur­ing this pe­riod, she cre­ated a se­ries of ex­pres­sion­ist bird sculp­tures, which for her, evoked ‘strong feel­ings of panic, ten­sion, ag­gres­sion and preda­tori­ness’. Frink cre­ated one of the most suc­cinct re­sponses to the Sec­ond World War and to the cli­mate of fear gen­er­ated by the en­croach­ing Cold War.

Frink’s most fa­mous and unique theme is a se­ries of Gog­gle Heads (1967-69) and Trib­ute Heads (1970s-80s). 10 of th­ese larger-than-life-size bronze heads will be pre­sented in the ex­hi­bi­tion, the first time so many have been dis­played to­gether. Elis­a­beth Frink: Hu­mans and Other An­i­mals; Sains­bury Cen­tre for Vis­ual Arts, from Oc­to­ber 13 to Fe­bru­ary 24, 2019.

Elis­a­beth Frink with Bird­man, c.1960

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