Annette Ratusniak, author of the recent catalogue raisonné of the sculpture of Elisabeth Frink, will be giving a gallery talk at Sotheby’s in London at 2pm on Sunday 12 June.

Annette has curated many major exhibitions on the work of Frink, including Elisabeth Frink: A Certain Unexpectedness (1997), The Shape of the Century: 100 Years of Sculpture in Britain (1999) and Elisabeth Frink: This Fleeting World (2010), and we are delighted to welcome her to the galleries to discuss Frink’s Seated Man (1983), which is a highlight of the Modern & Post-War British Art on 13 June.


Frink’s Seated Man details the artist’s preoccupation with the idea of ‘maleness’. In this work, as in many of her sculptures and drawings, the male figure is representative of both man and mankind: her men are heroes, they are villains, there is power, but there is also fragility. For Frink the male body was a symbol of humanity in which she explored the complexity of the human condition, addressing the power, bravery and splendour of mankind.

Following her move to Dorset in 1974, Frink began to produce increasingly large works with wonderfully rich textured surfaces, created by applying wet plaster to an underlying armature and then carving into the surface once dry to achieve the desired effect. Just larger than life, the scale of Seated Man gives the sculpture an imposing presence which arrests our attention and is beautifully accommodated by a natural outdoor setting.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to or call (0)20 7293 5519