Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries: Elisabeth Frink – Birds and Beasts

Goggle Head 1969 Dame Elisabeth Frink 1930-1993 Purchased 1998

Until 15th February

One of Britain’s most celebrated female modern sculptors, Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930–1993) was an energetic and expressive artist; although best-known for her bronze outdoor sculpture, she also created drawings and prints, a selection of which is on loan to Gracefield from Tate’s collection, together with Gracefield’s own collection bronze ‘Boar’.

Suffolk-born, she became part of a post-war group of British sculptors dubbed the ‘Geometry of Fear School’, which included Reg Butler, Bernard Meadows, Kenneth Armitage and Eduardo Paolozzi. With subject matter including men, birds, dogs, horses and religious motifs, she ignored the commercial fashions throughout her career, creating works that combine the fragile and powerful in human nature.

28 Edinburgh Road
Dumfries and Galloway DG1 1JQ

Image: Dame Elisabeth Frink – Goggle Head 1969, Tate Collection


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