Sybil Andrews Modernist Linocut Prints

British-born Canadian artist Sybil Andrews (1898-1992) produced these incredible modernist linocuts.

The Gale, 1930. no 36/50. From the book Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914-1939

Sledgehammers, 1933, no. 24/60. Christie's, 2011

The Winch, 1930, no. 35/50. The Met

The Giant Cable, 1931, no. 20/50. Museum of New Zealand

Racing, 1934, no. 50/60. Christie's, 2008

Bringing in the Boat, 1933, no 18/60. Museum of New Zealand

Skaters, 1953, no. 41/60. Keith Sheridan Fine Prints, sold

Speedway, 1934, no. 58/60. MOMA

Wimbledon, 1933. Note Sybil used the pseudonym Andrew Power for this piece. Swann Auctions

Storm, 1935, no. 10/60. Museum of New Zealand

Windmill, 1933, inscribed 'E.P.'. Christie's, 2003 

Gethsemane, 1951, no. 24/60. Below are four progressive proofs for each color. Sotheby's, 2011

Sybil Andrews in her home studio in Campbell River, B.C. Circa 1980.

The former home of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art at 33 Warkwick Sq, Pimlico, London. via

General Information:
Artist: Sybil Andrews
Nationality: British-born Canadian
Birth: April 19, 1898 in Bury St Edmunds, England
Death: December 21, 1992 in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada (94 years old)
Education: Heatherly's School of Fine Art, London; Grosvenor School of Modern Art, London
Style Influences: Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism 
Subject Matter: Rural life, sports and religion

Points of Interest:
• She was involved in art at an early age; "We had a paintbox from the cradle, not with the idea of being wonderful artists, but as a way of keeping us quiet and amused."
• One of her ancestors was Sir Walter Tyrell, who "accidentally" shot and killed King William Rufus with a bow and arrow during a hunting trip in 1100.
• She worked as a welder in an aircraft factory during WWI and in a shipyard during WWII.
• From approximately 1929-1937 she produced pieces under the pseudonym Andrew Power; paying tribute to Cyril Power (1872-1951) with whom she shared a studio and collaborated with at the time.
• She began to focus on printmaking after meeting linocut pioneer Claude Flight (1881-1955) at Grosvenor School of Modern Art (1925-1939), where she worked as a secretary and attended classes.
• During her career she produced 76 color linocuts, 43 of which were made between 1929-1939.
• She moved with her husband Walter Morgan, whom she met while working in the shipyard, to Campbell River, British Columbia in 1947, where she continued to practice and teach art until here death in 1992.

Related Links:
Go to- Sybil Andrews Heritage Society website
Go to- Her wiki page
Go to- Her obituary, which has great information about her life.


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Mid-Centuria said...

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