Artwork by Sybil Andrews,  Day’s End (1961)

Sybil Andrews
Day’s End (1961)

colour linocut
signed and numbered 30/60 upper left
10.75 x 10.25 ins ( 27.3 x 26 cms )

Auction Estimate: $15,000.00$10,000.00 - $15,000.00

Price Realized $7,500.00
Sale date: November 28th 2014

Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private Collection, Calgary
Peter White, “Sybil Andrews: colour linocuts/ linogravures en couleur”, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, 1982, illustrated page 64, figure 58
Having settled in Canada after the war, Andrews returned to making linocuts in 1951. She resided in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, then a small yet bustling logging town. In “Day's End”, Andrews robust style is present in the marvelous forms and commanding presence of the team of horses, reminiscent of her 1934 linocut “Tillers of the Soil”. Andrews' bold contours and low vantage point have returned, the horses towering over the viewer. The swirling lines of the soil and shimmering golden tones of the evening sky imbue the composition with both dynamism and tranquility all at once.

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Sybil Andrews
(1898 - 1992)

Born in Suffolk in England, Andrews was trained in the modernist style at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London. She became part of a group of artists who worked in the linocut print medium and embraced a modern expressionist style. The linocut print was a new medium having first been used in 1912. This group of printmakers, led by Claude Flight, were considered to be avant garde and experienced some antagonism from the traditional art establishment. Andrews favoured subjects which were ordinary in and of themselves, portraying them in a dynamic expressionist style.

Andrews immigrated to Canada with her husband in 1947, settling in Campbell River. A painter and printmaker she was influenced by 5th and 6th Century artists of Greece, Chinese carvers of the Han Dynasty and medieval art of Britain and Europe generally. She continued to work steadily on her linocut prints while teaching weekly art classes. Recognition of her work came shortly after her arrival in 1948 with a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Glenbow Museum, Canada, is a major centre for the study of her work with a collection of over 1000 examples of Andrews' works, including all of her famous colour linocuts and the original linoleum blocks, paintings in oil and watercolour, drawings, drypoint etchings, sketchbooks, and personal papers.

Her work is also represented in such prestigious public collections as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England; the National Gallery of New Zealand; and the Art Gallery of Ontario.