Sybil Andrews

Sybil Andrews, printmaker (b at Bury St Edmunds, Eng 1891; d at BC 1992). Before her arrival at Campbell R, BC, in 1947, Andrews studied in England with Claude Flight, a proponent of futurism, a radical art form of the early 1900s. Her themes were continuously nonpolitical, everyday scenes of industry, sports and urban life. Linocuts, which were the chief medium of Flight's students, dictated the style and form of the art. Economy of line and shape and an emphasis on the positive/negative in colour and shape, combined with the futurist's aim to portray speed and movement, give Andrews' work an enduring art deco look. Her lifelong commitment to her themes and her ability to combine these ideas with her craft enabled her to interpret everyday aspects of Canadian life.