On 18 April 1993 Elisabeth Frink died at the age of
just 62. Now, twenty years after her death Beaux Arts
presents an anniversary exhibition in conjunction with
Lund Humphries’ publication of the first complete catalogue
raisonné of her sculpture. The catalogue is fully
illustrated with reproductions of over 400 works, many
previously unpublished, and fascinating images of Frink
at work in her studio.
Frink’s reputation in Europe and America was established during her twenties. Bird, 1952 was bought and cast into bronze for both the Tate and Arts Council collections, around the same time her Man with Bird Maquette, 1952 became short listed for the ‘Unknown Political Prisoner’ competition. Birdman, 1959 (similar to the sculpture in photo on the left) was one of the many sculpture commissions she received for post-war rebuilding schemes in London.
From the time that Frink established her first studio in Park Walk in London photographers and filmmakers were attracted to her. The photographs and film of Frink from this period are beguiling in their paradoxes. People who met her were attracted to this young woman who was working within the shadows of war, conflict and vulnerability and yet oozed femininity, charm and vibrancy. The exhibition at Beaux Arts will be a testament to her unique voice, showing sculptures, paintings and drawings that span over 4 decades of her life.
The relevance of her work remains as strong as ever in a world where humankind maintains a sense of its vulnerability. Here, uncertainty and injustice meet with hope.