“I very much believe in the soul. I think every being, whether human or animal has a soul.”
Elisabeth Frink 1930 – 1993
Elizabeth Frink was born on November 14, 1930 in Suffolk, England, into a Roman Catholic, upper class, military background. Her formative experiences, in which she decided to become an artist came at convent school, where after much deliberation she chose art over piano lessons. This direction was further enforced by a trip to Italy at the end of her schooling, in which she experienced physically the kind of artworks she’d only ever seen in books. She went on to study at the Chelsea School of Art with the sculptor Willi Sokoup, quickly choosing sculpture over painting, although this inspiration informs the drawings and prints she made during her life.
The subjects of her work were also informed by her upbringing. As a schoolgirl, Frink once hid in the hedges from a german fighter plane, as it flew overhead machine guns roaring. The war was a big influence on her work. Her drawings as a child often were informed by the war effort, as well as religious motifs from her schooling, and her life in the country surrounded by nature and animals.
As a recognition of the value of her work Frink was one of five women selected to be featured on British postage stamps in 1996, alongside Marea Hartman, Dorothy Hodgkin, Daphne Du Maurier and Margot Fonteyn.
She died on April 18, 1993 in Dorset, England, a few months after her husband had passed away. Her final commission, a sculpture of Christ for the Anglican cathedral in Liverpool opened to the public just one week before she passed away.