Frink was born in Thurlow, Suffolk in 1930 & studied at The Guilford School of Art (1947-49), Chelsea School of Art (1949-53) under tutors Willi Soukop and Bernard Meadows. She taught at Chelsea School of Art (1951-61), St Martin’s School of Art (1954-62) and The Royal Collage of Art (1965-67).
Following an early solo exhibition with Beaux Arts Gallery, London in 1952, where she gained considerable commercial success, she went on to show abroad with a one-man show at St George’s Gallery in 1955 and four years later at Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York. Over the years she established herself as a sculptor concerned with themes, such as goggle men, running men and horses with and without riders.
She worked on many major public commissions, including Eagle at the JFK memorial in Dallas, Texas, Blind Beggar & Dog, Bethnal Green and a Noble Horse & Rider, Piccadilly, London. The predatory and the vulnerable are both important aspects of Frink’s work.
Frink was elected RA in 1977 and five years later became Dame Elisabeth Frink. In 1992 she was made a Companion of Honour. Her work is held in major collections worldwide, including The Tate Gallery, London.