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Sybil Andrews British, 1898-1992

Born in 1898, Sybil Andrews had no formal training, nor any secondary education due to her family’s low income. At the age of 16 the First World War broke out and she became apprenticed to a welder in a factory. 

 

It was during the final part of the war where she joined John Hassall's Art Correspondence Course in her spare time. Some time later she met Cyril Power, her mentor and future husband. The two shared a studio home in Brook Green, Hammersmith in the 1930s.

It was here that Andrews, and Power, both developed their distinct modernist style of Linocut prints which demonstrate the colour linocut in its purest form.

 

Her prints offer very distinct viewpoints on post-war British modernity, conveying the impression of energy and movement in the simplified human shapes, in the context of modern city living.