THE LARGEST PRE­SEN­TA­TION

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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.

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