Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink
Bronze Sculptor 1930 - 1993
Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink was born in 1930 in Thurlow, Soffolk. She was an English sculptor and printmaker and the three themes of her work were noted down by The Times newspaper which were called 'the nature of Man; 'the "horseness" of horses' and 'the divine in human form'.
Elisabeth studied at the Guildford School of Art, which is now called the University for the Creative Arts, starting from 1956 till 1949. She studied under the influence of Willi Soukop who was her early teacher at the Chelsea School of Art from 1949 to 1953 as he was a sculptor himself. He provided teaching that gave Elisabeth the skills and knowledge she needed to be able to create wonderful masterpieces herself. She was even counted as a part of a post war group of British sculptors. As from the themes mentioned above, the subject matter of her sculptures often included men, birds, dogs, horses and religious motifs, but very seldom any female forms. Her early work was characterised as soon as she created her first masterpiece which she named 'Bird' which was in 1952. This was a part of the many other bird sculptures she made, but with its alert and menacing stance; it drew out the characteristics of her work at an early stage.
She had made many prints and drawings, but none of them were as famous as her outdoor bronze sculpture which is placed on a well cut surface. She had used a very efficient process of using plaster and then would work back into it with a chisel and surform. This was a sculpture of a man with three goats infront of him found in the Paternoster Square in London. Elisabeth's fascination towards the human form was shown in her next series of sculptures where she created many heads and falling figures or even winged men.
She managed to continue creating these masterpieces, learning more as she made them until she was able to get the perfect form of a human and she was further committed to two major projects in 1985 alone. These were to be a large male nude and the other was supposed to be a grouping entitled Dorset Martyrs which would be placed in Dorset. All of this come to end however when she passed away in 1993 due to cancer.
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