Elisabeth Frink will be featured on BBC Radio 3's 'Free Thinking' tonight at 10pm GMT.
Since her death in 1993, Frink’s main contribution to sculpture is recognized in her depiction of the male figure, and in particular, the anonymous, monumental head. This was also her central obsession and she was at her best when exploring man’s shockingly violent relationship with society – and his capacity for both heroism and cowardice. As she herself said: “thugishness is a bit of a preoccupation with me”. The Desert Quartet of 1989 were the final heads that Frink produced and at over 4 feet/1.2 metres they are also the largest and most impending/monumental. Inspired by a visit to the Tunisian desert and more specifically, the Algerian War, Frink was attempting to convey and explore the quality of evil.
Desert Quartet Head II
H: 128 cm x W116.8 x D:76.2cm
Edition 6 of 6
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