Sybil Andrews

Water Jump

linocut, ed. 14 of 60
12.5x8 in.
$33,000 Cdn.

Private collection, Calgary

In Water Jump, Sybil Andrews shows us her mastery of the use of negative space. The white horse, the main subject of the composition, is composed using an outline of black, with an interior shadow of pale cobalt blue, and a foreleg accented by spectrum red. It is a masterful print, the water is finely handled, and the passage wherein the lead horse’s tail, fits perfectly under the next horse’s chin is Andrews at her best.

Andrews explored several horse-related sporting subjects in her prints: In Full Cry, Racing, and Steeplechasing, show us a hunt and two types of racing. Michaelmas, Mangolds, Tillers of the Soil, Days’ End, and The Timber Jim, explore the horse at work.

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…