Sybil Andrews’ linocuts made up some of her most well known work: Michaelmas, Ploughing Pasture, Tumulus – all were produced using the painstaking process of linocutting, which requires using blades of various sizes to cut into sheets of linoleum in order to form an image for printing. A basic print can take hours to craft; however, Andrews’ pieces, with their obsessive detail, variations in colour and array of geometric shapes, would have taken far longer to complete.
Born in Bury St Edmunds, Andrews based a large number of pieces on the industry and agriculture of the Suffolk countryside, contrasting with the typically light-hearted pastoral themes of many other local artists. Her subjects vary from flower sellers to market-goers and loggers, as well as migrating birds, workhorses and gun dogs.
Osborne Samuel is hosting an exhibition of Andrews’ striking colour linocuts spanning the entirety of her career, from 1929 to 1992. Coinciding with the launch of a new catalogue raisonné entitled Sybil Andrews Linocuts: A Complete Catalogue, written by Hana Leaper.
Visit the exhibition, entitled Sybil Andrews – Linocuts, at 23a Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QG, from September 24th to 8th October 2015.