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Sainsbury Centre acquires major works by Elisabeth Frink 

The Sainsbury Centre has acquired a significant group of works by Elisabeth Frink made possible in accordance with the wishes of the artist’s late son, Lin Jammet.  
 
This acquisition follows the highly celebrated exhibition, Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals, held at the Centre in 2018. The works consist of 29 sculptures and drawings, by one of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century.  

This acquisition was initiated in collaboration with the artist’s son, Lin Jammet, who sadly died in 2017. However, it was his wish that a group of his mother’s works should remain after the exhibition and become part of the permanent holdings in the region of the Suffolk-born artist’s birth. The acquisition includes powerful examples of work from all periods of Frink’s artistic practice. 

Frink was known for depicting the relationship between humans and animals and this was a theme she returned to throughout her life. Whilst offering exciting contemporary possibilities both metaphorically and directly, she was conscious of the fact that animals appear in art from the very earliest times and that their relationship with humans is interdependent.  
 
The Mirage Birds, (Mirage I and Mirage II, 1969) illustrate her work in large scale bronze and take up residency in the Sainsbury Centre’s 350-acre Sculpture Park. They represent a more playful and abstracted form of depiction set against the watery backdrop of a Norfolk Broad.    

The acquisition of nine drawings and four prints includes her Green Man series, which was made when Frink knew that she was likely to die whilst only in her 60s.  Frink found solace in the popular medieval symbol of rebirth and new life, resulting in works as fresh and invigorating as anything she had ever produced. 

Sainsbury Centre Head of Collections and curator of Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals, Calvin Winner said: “We are delighted that a significant body of work is held in a public collection in the region of Frink’s birth. The Sainsbury Centre is perhaps best known for its holdings of sculpture from ancient times to the present day. Frink’s work will now be seen alongside some of the greatest sculpture ever made. This is a fitting tribute to one of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century.” 

The Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park is currently open to the public. For more details visit: https://www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk/whats-on/sculpture-park/