Elisabeth Frink

1930 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Elisabeth Frink is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the United Kingdom. Elisabeth Frink was born in 1930. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, Norman Ackroyd, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Elisabeth Frink is represented by two galleries, which are The Redfern Gallery and Beaux Arts London in the United Kingdom. Elisabeth Frink most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Beaux Arts London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Selected Modern British and Contemporary Artists. The exhibition was open from 03 July 2019 until 13 September 2019. Elisabeth Frink's only other exhibition is Transformation, which took place at Hauser & Wirth | Zurich in Switzerland (19 January 2017 - 07 May 2017).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated vast wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern era, Britain had been largely overshadowed by the reputation of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became a significant focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Elisabeth Frink

Elisabeth Frink was born in 1930 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Elisabeth Frink

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