Elisabeth Frink: sculptures, drawings, prints

  |  Published: Jan 23rd 2018

Elisabeth Frink: sculptures, drawings, prints
Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury
10 February – 21 April 2018

Fans of famous sculptor Elisabeth Frink will soon have the opportunity to see a fabulous exhibition of sculpture, prints and drawings at Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury from 10 February to 21 April 2018. This is a unique chance to see the work of this iconic 21st Century female artist and to experience sculpture and drawings exploring themes of the impact of war on humans and animals, the expression of emotions and aggression and links with mythology.

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 25th anniversary of Frink’s death in 1993 and the 40th anniversary of the Lloyds’ commission.

Bucks County Museum’s exhibition will encompass themes of Horses, Heads, Human Figures, Animals and Birds through magnificent bronze sculpture, print 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 2 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.

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. Frink was one of five nominated Women of Achievement and she was depicted on British stamps in August 1996.

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 like this but it is wonderful that our museum is able to offer our local residents and visitors from further away the chance to see this amazing work in Aylesbury.”  Elisabeth Frink: sculptures, drawings, prints runs from 10 February – 21 April 2018. Entry is by donation to support Buckinghamshire County Museum Trust, registered charity 1153345.


Talk: Elizabeth Frink and the Ingram Collection
Wednesday 21 March, 2pm – 3pm
Jo Baring, Director and Curator of the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, speaks about the life and career of the renowned sculptor, artist and printmaker Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) in relation to holdings of her work at the Ingram Collection. Sixteen items from the Ingram Collection have been generously lent to Bucks County Museum for the Elisabeth Frink exhibition. Tickets £7.50. Booking essential. To book tickets please call 01296 331441 or visit www.buckscountymuseum.org to book online.

Bird, 1958, Elisabeth Frink © The Elisabeth Frink Estate from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art
Bird, 1958, Elisabeth Frink © The Elisabeth Frink Estate from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art
Eagle (lectern), 1962, Elisabeth Frink © The Elisabeth Frink Estate from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art
Eagle (lectern), 1962, Elisabeth Frink © The Elisabeth Frink Estate from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art
Goggle Head, 1969, Elisabeth Frink. © The Elisabeth Frink Estate from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art
Goggle Head, 1969, Elisabeth Frink. © The Elisabeth Frink Estate from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art
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