Two Visits to Sainsbury Centre

“Helen and I enjoyed 2 separate visits to the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich UEA. The most recent being Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) exhibition which started 13th October to the 24th February 2019. Elizabeth Frink we hadn’t come across before but a most original artist living a Bohemian life in the 1950s and dedicated to her sculpture work, this relating to the horrors of the Second World War. The combination of human and animal sculptures were quite unnerving and fascinating at the same time.

Before that during the summer, we visited the Brian Clarke exhibition and enjoyed his marvellous stained glass. The wonderful coloured glass displayed on the ground floor were breathtaking and showing in another area were his preparation sketches and trial display panels for commissioned work.

Both artists are cutting edge in their different fields and enjoying a way of life with bohemia and
jet setting that one can only imagine.’’

Brian Clarke was born in Oldham in 1953. He is best known for radically updating and innovating the medium of stained glass. Also celebrated for his work on canvas, sculpture,
mosaics and tapestry. All these media and more are illustrated within this, the official Brian
Clarke website.

“Stained glass has the potential to contribute to the urban fabric of the 21st century as successfully as it did to the 15th …”

Since the early 1970s, he has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent architects to create stained-glass designs and installations for hundreds of projects worldwide. For example: the Pyramid of Peace in Kazakhstan; the Al Faisaliah Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; AGM HQ in Kassel, Germany; Apax & Partners HQ, London; The Hotel du Departement des Bouches-du Rhone, Marseille; The Lake Sagami building, Japan; The Dutch National Ballet, Amsterdam; Pfizer World Headquarters, New York; Swiss Bank Cone, Connecticut; Paul McCartney World Tours; The King Kahled International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Norte Shopping, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Victoria Quarter, Leeds, UK; Abbaye de la Fille Dieu, Switzerland.

He is a visiting Professor of Architectural Art at University College London; an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Hon. Doctor of Law, University of Huddersfield; Committee of honour, Foundation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France; Chairman of the Architecture Foundation, London; Former member of the design review committee for the Commission of Architecture & Built Environment; Trustee & Council member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; Sole Executor of The Estate of Francis Bacon.

Elisabeth Frink, Bird, 1952. © Frink Estate and Archive / Photo:Ken Adlard

Elisabeth Frink, Bird, 1952. © Frink Estate and Archive / Photo:Ken Adlard

13 October – 24 February 2019
This autumn, the Sainsbury Centre will open a major new exhibition of Suffolk-born artist Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993).
Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals features over 150 works by the artist, and will be the largest showing of Frink’s work in 25 years. The exhibition will explore Frink’s enduring preoccupation with human and animal forms and the symbiotic relationship between them. It will provide new perspectives on the key themes found in her work, from responses to the Second World War and the Cold War climate of fear, to the role of man as both aggressor and victim.
Humans and Other Animals will examine Frink’s radical and Bohemian beginnings in 1950s London and trace the evolution of her practice over all four decades of her career, as well as juxtaposing her work with that of contemporary artists, ancient art and other modern masters including Rodin, Picasso and Bourgeois.

John Walker