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Elizabeth Fritsch collection at the National Museum

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 10:45 UK time, Friday, 15 October 2010

Welsh-born Elizabeth Fritsch has been one of the leading ceramicists in Britain since the 1970s.

An example of Elizabeth Fritsch's work. Image courtesy the artist and National Museum, Cardiff

An example of Elizabeth Fritsch's work. Image courtesy the artist and National Museum, Cardiff

This year she celebrates her 70th birthday, and to mark the occasion the National Museum in Cardiff is hosting an exhibition of her work that spans the whole of her career.

The exhibition, Dynamic Structures: Painted Vessels by Elizabeth Fritsch, shows a range of the artist's most significant early works through to recently made pieces, including objects that have never before been exhibited.

Fritsch has selected and arranged the works thematically herself. The pieces on display at the museum will reflect the subjects that have influenced her most, such as music, mathematics, geology, mythology, and the history of art.

Fritsch graduated from the Royal College of Art in the early 1970s where she worked under Hans Coper, having previously studied the piano and harp at the Royal Academy of Music. She established a workshop in London in 1985.

Her distinctive style is based on her own particular hand-building technique and a unique approach to colour and painting in three dimensions. Her flattened ‘2½-dimensional’ forms, which create visual illusions and play with different optics, established her reputation as a unique artist.

Dynamic Structures: Painted Vessels by Elizabeth Fritsch runs at National Museum in Cardiff until 2 January 2011.

Let us know your thoughts on Elizabeth Fritsch's work if you visit the exhibition in the coming months.


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