Sybil Andrews

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Sybil Andrews

1898 - 1992
CPE

Sybil Andrews was born in Bury St. Edmunds, England.

Although Andrews produced drawings, watercolours, monoprints and oil paintings, it is her linocuts for which she is most famous, achieving international acclaim for them.

During World War I she worked making airplane parts in Coventry, and after the war she returned to Bury St. Edmunds where she met architect Cyril Power. In 1922, at the age of 24, Andrews and left Bury St. Edmunds with Cyril Power to study art at the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London. Three years later Power and Andrews were appointed by Ian Macnab to staff his newly established Grosvenor School of Modern Art, with Andrews becoming the school secretary.

In 1926 while at the Grosvenor School, Andrews and Power met Claude Flight, who taught them how to cut and print from linoleum blocks (a new art form at the time). From 1930 to July 1938 Andrews and Power shared a small studio at 2 Brook Green in Hammersmith, and developed a common aesthetic in their work. This informal working partnership produced an extraordinary body of work – some of the finest prints of the 1930s. Andrews’s themes were of the dynamism of the modern machine age and the movement of the human figure at work or sport, usually executed using only four linoleum blocks. Her work, as with all the Grosvenor School, was influenced by Futurism, Cubism and Vorticism.

In total, Andrews produced an incredibly consistent body of 76 linocuts, of which 43 were made from 1929 to 1939, considered her best period when she shared the studio with Power. Andrews’s linocuts are acclaimed to have surpassed her teacher Claude Flight, and in fact many consider Andrews to be the most gifted of the Grosvenor School artists.

In 1938 Andrews and Power gave up their studio at Brook Green. Power returned to his wife, and although he continued making art, he never made another linocut.

During World War II Andrews worked in the Southampton shipyard, where she met her future husband Walter Morgan. After the war Andrews and Morgan immigrated to Canada, settling in Campbell River, which at that time was a remote logging town on Vancouver Island. In 1951 Andrews built a simple studio and resumed her printmaking, and also taught art and music classes.

Andrews’s two most famous linocuts Speedway and Racing are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and were exhibited there in the summer of 2006. Her work was featured in the 2008 exhibition entitled Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914 - 1939, co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Speedway
12 3/4 x 9 1/2in 32.4 x 24.1cm
1934
linocut in 4 colours

Estimate:  $60,000 - $80,000 CDN
Sold for:   $129,800 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Flower Girls
9 3/4 x 8 1/2in 24.8 x 21.6cm
1934
linocut in 4 colours

Estimate:  $12,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $109,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2008 auction on Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Speedway
12 3/4 x 9 1/2in 32.4 x 24.1cm
1934
linocut in 4 colours

Estimate:  $20,000 - $30,000 CDN
Sold for:   $103,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2008 auction on Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Rush Hour
8 x 9 3/4in 20.3 x 24.8cm
1930
linocut in 3 colours

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $86,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2008 auction on Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Little White Yacht
22 x 27in 55.9 x 68.6cm
circa 1942
oil on linen

Estimate:  $18,000 - $24,000 CDN
Sold for:   $81,900 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2009 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Racing
10 1/4 x 13 1/2in 26 x 34.3cm
1934
linocut in 4 colours

Estimate:  $60,000 - $80,000 CDN
Sold for:   $76,700 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2015
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Concert Hall
9 x 11in 22.9 x 27.9cm
1929
linocut in 4 colours

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $74,750 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006
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Fall of the Leaf
14 1/4 x 10 1/8in 36.2 x 25.7cm
1934
linocut in 5 colours

Estimate:  $30,000 - $40,000 CDN
Sold for:   $70,200 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2009 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Windmill
12 1/2 x 8 3/4in 31.8 x 22cm
1933
linocut in 3 colours

Estimate:  $35,000 - $45,000 CDN
Sold for:   $64,900 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2016 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Speedway
12 3/4 x 9 1/2in 32.4 x 24.1cm
1934
linocut in 4 colours

Estimate:  $35,000 - $45,000 CDN
Sold for:   $63,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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