Leeds Art Gallery Displays Major Elisabeth Frink Sculpture

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LEEDS.- Birdman, a life-size sculpture by acclaimed artist Elisabeth Frink (1930 – 1993) has gone on display at Leeds Art Gallery. Valued at £250,000, the unique plaster maquette was given to Leeds through the Art Fund by the Frink Estate and Beaux Arts London. This is the first sculpture by Elisabeth Frink to be part of Leeds’ permanent collection, which boasts works by some of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. The acquisition of such an important piece by Frink, one of Britain’s best loved 20th century artists, is therefore a major coup for the Gallery. Elisabeth Frink is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most important post-war sculptors, and Birdman is a wonderful illustration of some of the artist’s key concerns. The work represents a half man, half bird figure and is 190cm tall. It is thought that Frink could have been inspired to create the Birdman motif after reading in Paris-Match the st