Elisabeth Frink(1930-1993), Sculptor and printmaker
Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink
Sitter in 19 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Frink studied at Guildford School of Art (1947) and Chelsea School of Art (1949-53), exhibiting from the early 1950s. She achieved popularity as a figurative sculptor and member of the post-war group known as the 'Geometry of Fear' school. She was fascinated with naturalistic forms, particularly the 'sensuality and strength' of the male form. She taught sculpture at Chelsea, St Martin's and the Royal College, and moved to France from 1967 to 1973 to explore abstract art. She became a Royal Academician in 1977 and was appointed a DBE in 1982. Her first major commission was for the Eagle lectern of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, and her last for the Risen Christ for the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool in 1993.
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