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Frink Masterpiece at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art Sale

The British sculptor Elizabeth Frink took an unconventional approach to her art. Rejecting the traditional modelling tradition exemplified by past masters such as Rodin, Frink worked her plaster casts with a chisel and surform – a sort of plane that looks like a cheese grater and has a similar effect. The finished bronzes have a distinctive textured surface that makes them instantly recognisable. A superb example of Frink's work leads Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale in London on 1 July. Dog, which comes to auction for the first time, is estimated at £150,000-200,000.

Bonhams Director of Modern British and Irish Art Matthew Bradbury said;"Frink's technique gave raw energy and life to her favourite subjects; men, horses – she was a keen rider - and dogs that not only look real but seem to breathe. Dog is a particularly rare beast. From an edition of only six, it dates from 1980 – at the start of Frink's golden decade – and has never before been seen at auction."

Elizabeth Frink (1930-1993) is widely regarded as one of Britain's foremost 20th century sculptors and printmakers. With the human form and the animal world as major inspirations, she produced a distinctive body of work and her sculpture can be seen in public spaces throughout the United Kingdom. She was made DBE in 1982.

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