Artwork by Sybil Andrews,  Wet Race Meeting

Sybil Andrews
Wet Race Meeting

colour linocut
signed, titled and numbered 10/50 upper left
9.25 x 6.75 in ( 23.5 x 17.1 cm ) ( sight )

Auction Estimate: $30,000.00$20,000.00 - $30,000.00

Price Realized $22,800.00
Sale date: May 30th 2024

Masters Gallery, Calgary, circa 1978
Private Collection, Calgary
Peter White, "Sybil Andrews: colour linocuts/linogravures en couleur", Calgary, 1982, illustrated page 51 (figure 8)
English-born artist and renowned printmaker Sybil Andrews studied at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art and the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London. It was at The Grosvenor that Andrews developed a keen interest in the medium of coloured linocuts. Although she had experimented in other mediums– such as etchings, paintings, and monotypes–linocutting was prized for its simple tools and materials, making it economical and particularly appealing to the young artist’s modest budget. From 1929 to 1938, she created a number of linocuts depicting agricultural life and sporting themes in England at the time. Preferred subjects were horse racing and jumping, hunting and rowing crews, and speedway riders. She created animated compositions that captured movement in all forms–human, animal, and mechanical. "Wet Race Meeting" depicts the human activity that is present on the sidelines of a horse race on a rainy day. Andrews was influenced by the prevailing art movements of her time, predominantly Vorticism and Futurism, in its cubist-inspired design and repeating forms.

With the beginning of World War II, Andrews returned to work as a welder for the British Power Company constructing warships. While employed there, she met a man named Walter Morgan, whom she married in 1943. The end of the war brought a major change in the couple’s lives as they decided to leave Britain to settle in Campbell River, British Columbia in 1947. Shortly thereafter, Andrews was elected to the Society of Canadian Painters, Etchers and Engravers in 1951.

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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.