Frink, Elisabeth. (1 of 7). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    1992-12-28 and 1992-12-29

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    Interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Frink, Elisabeth, 1930-1993 (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Kent, Sarah, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1. Elizabeth Frink's (EF) early life in rural Suffolk; family origins in Canada, Ireland, India; father's army career; schooling and early drawing; relations with brother; her own early character; childhood in Second World War; taught painting by Rodney Fenwick; relations with father; father's service in Trieste; visits to Venice; schooling with art training including introduction to Rodin. Attendance at Guildford art school, teaching there of Trevor Tennant and Harry Phillips, and student life. Attendance at Chelsea School of Art; teaching of Willi Soukop and Bernard Meadows; acquaintance with John Berger, Robert Clatworthy, Julian Trevelyan and Ceri Richards. Exhibition at Beaux Arts Gallery with Helen Lessore; sale of bird sculpture to Tate Gallery; formation of Geometry of Fear group; acquaintance with Lynn Chadwick, Douglas Glass (photographer), Kenneth Armitage, F.E. McWilliam, Reg Butler, family of Augustus John, Herbert Read, Graham Sutherland. Friendships with Rodrigo Moynihan, Eleanor Bellingham-Smith, Michael Andrews, John Minton, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, George Melly, Julian Bream; character of the group and its work. Visit to Paris and reminiscence of Alberto Giacometti. Influence of Rodin, Giacometti (reference to his work method), friendship with Henry Moore; acquaintance with Germaine Richier and C├ęsar; EF's social life at the time.

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    Elisabeth Frink interviewed by Sarah Kent: full transcript of the interview

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As it is a long interview, rough timings would be useful e.g Chelsea at 10 minute point).

Posted by Tina Frost Griffith, St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College on 05/12/2008 10:57:00

She made a statue called 'Risen Christ' in Liverpool Cathedral, it was the last one she did before she died.

Posted by David Penty, Web Technical Co-ordinator, British Library on 04/03/2008 11:15:00

I've seen one of her statues in London - Paternoster Square. Warhorse and Walking Madonna may be seen in the garden at Chatsworth House. Other work is at the Jerwood Sculpture Park at Ragley Hall. Desert Quartet may be seen opposite Liverpool Gardens in Worthing.

Posted by David Penty, Web Technical Co-ordinator, British Library on 02/03/2008 17:33:00