Sybil Andrews Artist Biography

Sybil Andrews is an internationally acclaimed artist famous for the linocuts. Since her death, Sybil Andrews work has met with wide critical acclaim and ever increasing popularity. Her colour linocuts were featured extensively in the recent (2008) Fine Arts, Boston/ Metropolitan, New York British Prints From the Machine Age - Rhythms of Modern Life 1914–1939 exhibition, and her work is held in major collections around the world.

Born in Bury St Edmunds, Sybil Andrews first apprenticed as a welder and worked at an airplane factory during World War I, where she helped in the development of the first all-metal aeroplane for the Bristol Welding Company. During this period, she took John Hassalls’ art correspondence course which introduced her to a number of different artistic media.

After the War she returned to her birthplace, Bury St. Edmunds, in Suffolk. Here she met Cyril Power who would influence her work, and with whom she would share a workshop for much of her early working life. They would also later collaborate on commissions from The London Passenger Transport Board, jointly signed with the pseudonym ‘Andrew Power’.

In 1922, wishing to pursue her interests in art, Sybil Andrews enrolled at Heatherleys School of Fine Art, London. But it was not until she became school secretary and attended Claude Flights linocut classes at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art that she really found her style, and she quickly became another acolyte of Flights enthusiasm for the colour linocut.

In 1929, the Redfern held the first exhibition of British colour linocuts of the Grosvenor School and continued to represent Cyril Power and Sybil Andrews during both of their lifetimes.

From 1932, she exhibited regularly at the Redfern Gallery and participated in touring exhibitions to China, Australia and Canada.

During the Second World War, Sybil Andrews worked in a shipyard where she met her husband, and soon after (1947) the couple emigrated to the remote logging town of Campbell River on Vancouver Island, Canada. Here she achieved a large following which lasted well into the 1950's. In the 60s she fell into obscurity, but was rediscovered in the 1970s. She died in 1992 leaving a body of work totalling almost 80 linocuts

More art prints from Sybil Andrews

Skaters - 1953 By Sybil Andrews
Heysel - 1936 By Sybil Andrews
Wet Race Meeting by Sybil Andrews
Michaelmas - 1937 By Sybil Andrews
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