London, Pangolin London & Kings Place Gallery, Sculptors’ Drawings & Works On Paper, 31 August – 12 October 2012 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, p. 90);
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: The Impact of War, 15 October 2014 – 4 January 2015;
Bristol, Royal West of England Academy, Drawing On, 21 March – 7 June 2015;
Woking, The Lightbox, Bodies! The Ingram Collection, 21 November 2015 – 31 January 2016
In Dame Elisabeth Frink’s Fallen Warrior we see a much less sensual and far more gritty representation of the male figure as a defeated soldier. Frink’s childhood experiences of the Second World War became central to her work, particularly considering the deep personal trauma she must have gone through during the four uncertain and anxious years that her father served as a regular soldier. Frink’s drawings and sculptures depicting warriors juxtapose the nobility of heroism and the concept of selfless courage with the brutality of war. This became a central theme that Frink explored through the male form, particularly with her bird men, spinning men, falling men and men in space.