Elisabeth Frink at Bucks County Museum

  |  Published: Nov 29th 2017



Next Spring, fans of famous sculptor Elisabeth Frink will have the opportunity to see a fabulous exhibition of her sculpture, drawings and prints at Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury from 10 February to 21 April 2018. There is a second chance to see some of these exhibits at Milton Keynes Library from 12 May to 16 June 2018.


The idea for the exhibition came from the iconic and well-known bronze life-sized sculpture of a black horse outside Lloyds Bank in Milton Keynes, commissioned in 1978 as part of a major public art scheme. The exhibitions commemorate the 25thanniversary of Frink’s death in 1993 and the 40th anniversary of the Lloyds’ commission and are a collaboration between Bucks County Museum and Milton Keynes Heritage Trust.


Elisabeth Frink’s early influences growing up in Suffolk near a military airfield during the Second World War, her strong belief in human rights and her devotion to themes associated with nature all helped to shape her work which often explored masculine strength and aggression and the innate characters of animals and birds.


Bucks County Museum’s exhibition will encompass themes of Horses, Heads, Human Figures, Animals and Birds through magnificent bronze sculpture, prints and drawings. Pieces for this flagship exhibition are being loaned from the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, the Lightbox in Woking, the Sladmore Gallery in London and private collections. Highlights include a Riace III figure - a two metre tall bronze warrior which will dominate the gallery - a Goggle Head, an Easter Head, an Eagle Lectern and many original drawings including Warrior Birds and Horse and Rider.


Museum Director, Sue Shave, said that Bucks County Museum were delighted and very proud to be hosting an exhibition of works from such an iconic modern artist who had influenced other major artists in the 20th Century and beyond. “People in the South East usually have to travel into London to have the opportunity to experience works of national and international renown but it is wonderful that our museum and Milton Keynes Heritage Trust are able to offer our local residents and visitors from further away the chance to see this amazing work in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes.”


Bucks County Museum Trust has no set admission price but welcomes donations for our £2000 daily running costs and the additional exhibition costs.www.buckscountymuseum.org.

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