Shearwater signed lithograph by Dame Elisabeh Frink RA (1930-1993) Published by Christie’s Contemporary Art, printed on T H Saunders paper using 3 plates and 3 colours at Curwen Press, London.

Artist Biography

Dame Elisabeth Frink RA

Elisabeth Frink was born in 1930 in Thurlow. From an early age, Elisabeth developed a love and fascination with the outdoors, she was competent in riding and shooting - all of which were, at the time, considered male activities and attributes. It could be said that this fascination with masculinity would become a dominant feature of her art. She studied at Guildford and Chelsea schools of art between 1947 and 1953, she went on to teach at Chelsea (1953-60) and St Martin's School of Art (1955-57).

Frink's unique sculptural style is characterised by a rough treatment of the surface, so that each piece is richly embedded with the artist's creative process and personal impression. At the same time, these highly textured surfaces project the vitality of her subject, giving Frink's sculpture an almost abstract quality.


Elisabeth Frink achieved commercial success at a young age when, in 1952, Beaux Arts Gallery in London held her first major solo exhibition and the Tate Gallery purchased one work entitled 'Bird'. This marked the beginning of a highly acclaimed career in which Frink earned a reputation as one of Britain's most important post-war sculptors.

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