Midas Head signed and numbered 'Frink 2/10' (on the back of the helmet) bronze with a green patina 28 cm. (11 in.) high Conceived in 1989
EXHIBITED: London, Fischer Fine Arts, Elisabeth Frink, Recent Sculpture & Drawings, October-November 1989, cat.no.20 (another cast)
LITERATURE: Edward Lucie-Smith, Elisabeth Frink, Sculpture Since 1984 and Drawings, Arts Books International, London, cat.no.SC46, p.59 and p.188 (another cast ill.b&w)
Seemingly influenced by Henry Moore's Helmet Heads (1950), Frink's Midas Head (also referred to as Midas Mask or simply Mask) was made in dialogue with a television program The Midas Touch which was produced by Frink's stepson Mark Csáky. The work represents a pivotal moment in Frink's approach to her later sculptures and the continued exploration of her beloved medium of bronze.
In his literature on the artist Stephen Gardiner remarks on this work:
'Significantly, in view of her new enchantment with the Pacific Region, her mask had a distinct resemblance to those found in New Guinea on Mabuiag Island north of Australia; its form and enigmatic look suggested the East, while its textured finish was more Aboriginal. Certainly [Frink] had never created anything in the least like it before, and, after it was cast ..., she began on the colouring with Ken Cook, trying out all the colours she could think of, different for each casting.' (Stephen Gardiner, Frink, Harper Collins, London, p.264, 1998).