LONDON (AP) _ Dame Elisabeth Frink, whose powerful sculptures made her one of Britain's most celebrated artists, died of cancer on Sunday at her home in southern England, her assistant said. She was 62.

Dame Elisabeth died at her home in Woolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset county, said Brooke Stanford. She underwent surgery for cancer of the esophagus last year, he said.

Frink's massive male figures and naturalistic sculptures of horses and dogs brought her early fame. She was made a member of the prestigious Royal Academy in 1977.

Her sculptures stand at the Kennedy Memorial in Dallas, at Salisbury Cathedral and Coventry Cathedral, in London's Piccadilly area, and at Manchester Airport.

Her early figures of flying and falling men stem from childhood memories of World War II, and she conveyed torture and state tyranny in sculptures she made for Amnesty International in the 1970s.

''I think I have always been interested in the business of war,'' she said in a 1991 interview with the Financial Times. ''In war we are all victims, including the fighting forces.''

Elisabeth Frink, the daughter of a career army officer, was born Nov. 14, 1930 in Thurlow, Suffolk, southeast England.

She went to Guildford School of Art from 1947 to 1949, and was a student at the Chelsea School of Art. London's Tate Gallery bought its first Frink, a figure of a bird, in 1952.

She moved to Dorset 16 years ago with her third husband, Alexander Csaky. Her second husband was Edward Pool.

Frink was made a Commander of the British Empire, or CBE, in 1969 and made a Dame, the women's equivalent of a knight, in 1982. In June 1992, Queen Elizabeth II made her a Companion of Honor, an award conferred for conspicuous national service.

She is survived by her only child, her son Lin Jammet from her first marriage to Michel Jammet.

Other information on survivors, and on funeral arrangements, was not immediately available.