Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1990),
Is internationally recognised as a major 20th C British sculptor.
Her sculptures, drawings and prints were and continue to be widely exhibited and purchased for public and private collections throughout the world.

During her lifetime she was awarded many public commissions to create sculpture for public spaces and buildings worldwide.
Her sculptures embody the great themes that she explored throughout her career; the ambiguities of human relationships, injustice and impermanence that also have such impact on the animal world and the earth.
Using the forms of men, animals and birds, she employed their shapes as vehicles to convey emotion, vulnerability, aggression.

Elisabeth Frink always retained her interest in figurative work. She continually extended her sculptural ideas using naturalistic imagery, while exploring the possibilities of her chosen medium - plaster cast in bronze.

Her reputation continues to grow alongside the recognition of her contribution to 20th century sculptural language.

Elisabeth Frink's Selected Biography


1930 born 14 November, Thurlow, Suffolk
1947 Guildford School of Art
1949 - 53 Chelsea School of Art
1953 - 67 lived & worked in London, solo & group exhibition in UK & abroad
1955 1st solo exhibition, St George's Gallery
1957 1st major commissions: Harlow New Town Boar; Bethnal Green Blind Beggar and Dog
1958 joined Waddington Galleries
1959 exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles


When I worked in London I enjoyed the stimulus of working near other artists and that was an indirect influence.
The rather muted London light affected the way I used texture.
I was using craggy surfaces and very often exaggerated forms ..to show contrasts in that particular light.



1967 - 73 lived & worked in France, solo & group exhibitions in UK & abroad
1969 awarded CBE
1971 elected Associate of the Royal Academy


..in France it was the opposite.
The light in the Cevennes was very clear and more often than not extremely bright, with sharply contrasting shadows.
I began to work in much simpler forms, with less texture.



1973 - 76 lived & worked in London, solo & group exhibitions in UK & abroad
1974 commission for Dover Street, London Horse and Rider
1975 commission for Paternoster Square, London Paternoster elected to Board of Trustees, British Museum


I returned to England and took a studio in Southwark, where I worked for three years.
I was very pleased to be back in the stimulus of a city.



1976 - 93 lived & worked at Woolland in Dorset; solo & group exhibitions also major commissions in UK & abroad
1977 elected Royal Academician
1982 awarded DBE (Dame of the British Empire)
1985 solo exhibition: Royal Academy of Arts, London
1992 awarded Companion of Honour
1993 died 18 April