Barry Flanagan was a British sculptor who during his career studied architecture, sculpture, painting, print-making, installation work and dance. Reacting against the growing popularity of abstraction during his school years, Flanagan frequently used animals as subject matter and was often inspired by the organic materials he worked with, such as clay. This inspiration is evident in the textures he utilized here.
Barry Flanagan. Elephant, 1986. Bronze, 76 x 55 x 41 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Barry Flanagan.