Historic Art | Sybil Andrews

Mowers linocut ed 49of60 11

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Mowers, 1937

Technique: linocut, ed. 49/60

Dimensions: 11.5x13.5 in.

About the Artist

Sybil Andrews was born in Bury St. Edmunds, England in 1898. She immigrated to Vancouver Island, Canada in 1947 where she continued (until 92 years of age) to teach and make art. In the late 1920's, Andrews studied with the English artist Claude Flight (1881 - 1955) at the Governor School in London. Flight championed the linoleum block print as a simple and underrated art form and taught linocut printing to Andrews, along with fellow students Cyril Power, Edith Lawrence, Lill Tschudi, Eileen Mayo, Ronald Grierson, Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme.

Sybil Andrews made her first linocut in 1929 and over the next six decades made about eighty linocuts in total (almost half of them being made between 1929 and 1939.) Ms. Andrews’s work is concerned with the depiction of movement and purity of form as expressed by activities of humans, machines and the forces of nature. Andrews' linocuts reveal her awareness of various modernist art movements including Futurism, Cubism and Vorticism. She developed a vigorous style, which has both a dramatic and rhythmic presence.

She died at the age of 94 in Victoria, British Columbia.

Ms. Andrews has exhibited at The Redfern and Parkin Galleries in London. Her work has been included in exhibitions in the National Galleries of Canada and South Australia, the Gainsborough Gallery of Johannesburg and in many cities of Europe and North America.

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