Elisabeth Frink Wild

6 Jun-31 Aug 2011

Royal West Of England Academy
Bristol BS8 1PX


Wild. Both untainted freedom and vulnerability. A reminder of our own animal natures. In Frink’s own words: a ‘feeling, force and energy below the surface.’ Wild explores the central themes of one of twentieth century Britain’s foremost female sculptors: what it means to be wild or feral. The artworks are drawn from the Frink Archive: a unique collection from the former studio and home of the artist. As well as sculptures and drawings of birds, animals and humans, the exhibition will include the recently rediscovered sculpture, Birdman. Regarding her horse sculptures, Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) explained her approach: “I am interested in the form they embody, their wild state and their relationship with man, which is much more interesting than just doing a horse.”