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Elisabeth Frink

1930-1993 (BRITAIN)

THE EARLY WORK OF BRITISH SCULPTOR ELISABETH FRINK WAS INFORMED BY THE RADICAL ANGULAR FIGURATION OF HER PEERS, LABELLED BY THE CRITIC HERBERT READ AS THE GEOMETRY OF FEAR. ALTHOUGH TATE AND THE ARTS COUNCIL BEGAN COLLECTING FRINK’S WORK WHEN THE ARTIST WAS JUST 21, IT WAS IN HER 30S THAT SHE EXPERIMENTED WITH A SYMBOLIC SERIES OF WINGED FIGURES AND ABSTRACTED MALE FORMS. FRINK’S DISTINCTIVE FIGURATION WON HER REPRESENTATION AT THE PRESTIGIOUS WADDINGTON GALLERIES IN LONDON. IN 1985, THE ROYAL ACADEMY STAGED A RETROSPECTIVE OF HER WORK AND IN 2018 THE SAINSBURY CENTRE UNDERTOOK A POSTHUMOUS REASSESSMENT, EXAMINING HER OUTSIDER STATUS AS A WOMAN IN A MAN’S WORLD WITH A UNFASHIONABLE DEVOTION TO THE FIGURE. SHE IS TODAY CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BRITISH SCULPTORS OF THE 20TH CENTURY.