Frink, Elisabeth. (2 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)

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    Part 2. Acquaintance with Eduardo Paolozzi; attitudes of male artists (including Reg Butler and Rodrigo Moynihan) to women artists; Elizabeth Frink's (EF) attitude to men; her attitude to war. Discussion of nude in art and of abstract art, including Willem de Kooning, Ben Shahn, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth. Influence of memories of country life and Second World War (especially aircraft) on EF's work; character of mother (including care for sick and aged family). EF's entry to competition for Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner; discussion of her bird sculptures; response of John Rothenstein and John Russell to EF's early work. EF's early teaching posts at Chelsea School of Art, Royal College of Art and St. Martins School of Art, modelling (for John Skeaping); her own work from the model; Quentin Crisp as a model; EF's views on importance of life study. Description plaster modelling technique; bronze casting; experiments with colour.

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

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