THE LARGEST PRESENTATION
of work by Elisabeth Frink since the artist’s death in 1993, Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals will run at Norwich’s Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, until February 24.
The exhibition will feature 130 works by this artist, who has strong links to the area.
The exhibition will provide new perspectives and examine Frink’s radical and bohemian beginnings in 1950s London, reappraising one of the most important British sculptors of the 20th Century.
It will trace the evolution of Frink’s work over four decades, presenting the major themes in her practice and paying significant attention to her early work in the context of artists such as Rodin, Giacometti and Richier who inspired her.
Frink rose to prominence while still a student 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.
Powerful examples of this series of sculptures will include Bird (1952), purchased by Tate from Frink’s first major exhibition and Vulture (1952). For Frink the bird-form became an avatar evoking an extreme sense of menace, fear and panic.
Frink’s most famous and unique theme is a series of Goggle Heads (1967- 69) and Tribute Heads (1970s-80s). Ten of these larger-than-lifesized bronze heads will be presented in the exhibition, the first time so many have been displayed together.
Elisabeth Frink was born in Great Thurlow, in Suffolk, and spent her formative years in war-time East Anglia. She studied at the Guildford School of Art (1946– 49) and at the Chelsea School of Art (1949–53) and remained resolutely an expressionist figurative artist against the prevailing trends of her time. She died in 1993 and was widely admired, a Royal Academician, a Dame and a Companion of Honour.