Frink: The Official Biography of Elisabeth Frink

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9780006548584: Frink: The Official Biography of Elisabeth Frink

The story of one of the outstanding figures in the British art world – and one of the very few women to break into the art establishment.

Daughter of an ordinary Army family, Dame Elisabeth Frink grew up to be an original, passionate and exceptionally talented sculptor – one of the few 20th century artists to achieve critical acclaim while remaining popular with the general public.
Frink went on from art school to take her place at the centre of Bohemian Chelsea; she married three times, had many lovers, and became friends with many of the late 20th century’s most colourful figures from the art and literary worlds.
A complex, contradictory figure of great inner strength and integrity, Frink embodied a peculiarly eccentric mixture of flamboyance and conventionality.
Gardiner’s biography focuses on the places (Suffolk, London, France and Dorset) and people (lovers, husbands, friends) that shaped her life and on the themes (men, horses, birds) and beliefs which shaped her work.

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‘This book catches the boldness, bravery and generosity with which Frink lived. A driven artist, her life makes fascinating reading’
Sunday Times

‘The sculptor Elisabeth Frink… is a gift for a biographer. Stephen Gardiner has brought her vividly to life on the page’
Country LIfe

‘A compelling portrait of a fiery young artist’
TLS

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Elisabeth Frink was a phenomenon – an outstanding figure of British twentieth-century art and one of the few women to break into the art establishment. Aged twenty-one and still a student, she sold her first work, a bird, to the Tate Gallery. National recognition soon followed. Her material – the disintegrating world around her and her passion for Man – was untouched by any contemporary movements or passing fashions: she possessed an inner strength and an unshakeable integrity.

A complex, contradictory figure, Frink embodied a perculiar eccentric mixture of flamboyance and conventionality. Her confident, warm personality and striking appearance attracted a wide circle of admirers and friends, and she had an intense and tempestuous series of relationships.

'Frink' is the authorised biography of one of the greatest sculptors of the century and a sensitive and deft portrait of an exceptional woman.

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