Frink is is one of Britiain’s most notable 20th century sculptors whose works continue to be, widely exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world. The Goggle Heads series that she made in the late 1960s are amongst her most important oeuvre and make a stark contrast with her other sculptures of rolling horses and dogs. They reflect a central concern throughout her work of masculine power. Her father was a professional soldier – a figure she idolised . ‘Men were very much part of my early life because of the army. I used to look up to them, and hero-worship them’ she said. But in her Goggle Heads series she criticised the kinds of bullish army generals of rogue states and totalitarian regimes who hide their identity behind sunglasses and suaveness. Frink studied at the Guildford School of Art in 1947 and at the Chelsea School of Art 1949-53.
In 1969 Frink was awarded a CBE and in 1971 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy. During the decade of 1982-1992 she was awarded a DBE, had a solo exhibition at the Royal Academy and was awarded a Companion of Honour.
1955 First solo exhibition at St. Georges Gallery.
1985 Royal Academy, London,
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Catalogue Raisonné, Elisabeth Frink, edited by Annette Ratuszniak, published by Lund Humphries, 2013 Ref. FCR334, llustrated page 166 Edward Lucie-Smith, Elisabeth Frink: Sculpture since 1984, Art Books International London, 1994, p.182, illustrated pp.52-53 (another cast). Elisabeth Frink, Sculpture and Drawings, 1952-84, pub 1985; SC 1994 Downing, 1997
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