Dame Elisabeth Frink, CH RA (1930-1993)

Sculptor, draughtsman and teacher. She studied at Guildford School of Art, 1949-53, under Willi Soukop and Bernard Meadows. She taught at Chelsea School of Art from 1951-61, St Martin’s School of Art, 1954-62, and at the Royal College of Art from 1965-67. After early exhibiting with the London Group, Frink had a one-man show at St George’s Gallery in 1955 and four years later at Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York. Over the years she established herself as a sculptor concerned with themes, such as goggle men, running men and horses with and without riders. She also worked on many major public commissions, such as Wild Board for Harlow New Town; Blind Beggar and Dog at Bethnal Green and a noble horse and rider on Piccadilly.

Dame Elisabeth Frink, CH RA (1930-1993), Tribute Head II, 1982


15 x 11 in (38 x 28 cm)
Signed and dated

Frink made a series of sculptures and drawings of ‘Tribute’ Heads – her phrase for people who lived (and died) for their beliefs. In the artist’s words, “In a sense these are a tribute to Amnesty International……The heads represent the inhumanity of man – they are the heads of victims”.

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