This summer a major exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, in collaboration with The Ingram Collection, will explore and celebrate the work of one of the most exciting and individual British sculptors of the twentieth century.
Never compromising on the development of her own style, Frink ignored the commercial fashions throughout her career, creating works that combine the fragile nature of humanity with its power.
The exhibition will be the first large scale show of work by Frink in the North West for several years and the first time Abbot Hall has dedicated a major exhibition to Frink in its 55-year history. The show will display works including sculpture, maquettes and works on paper, with a number of works on loan from private collectors which have never been seen in public.
The majority of the work will be in the upstairs galleries, with a selection of larger sculpture including Walking Madonna and Riace lll to be sited in the Georgian entrance hall and ground floor galleries amongst period interiors and historic works.
Kerri Offord, Head of Curatorial, Lakeland Arts said: “Frink was uncompromising in her creative output, creating exciting and emotive works that were both autobiographical and politically charged. Her individual style and unique subjects bucked the main trends of the twentieth century, yet her work was always in style.”
Fragility and Power coincides with increased attention on the sculptor who was born in Suffolk in 1930 and died in Dorset on 18 April 1993.
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power, 22 June – 29 September 2018
Exhibition talk by Jo Baring, Director and Curator of The Ingram Collection: Elisabeth Frink and her Influences – 13 September, 6.00pm