painting of racers

Sybil Andrews, Racing, 1934. Colour linocut on paper, 30.2 x 38.3 cm. Gift of Sharilyn J. Ingram and Wayne Morgan, 2014. © Estate of Sybil Andrews, Glenbow, Calgary, Alberta.  2014/1061.

Grosvenor School Linocuts

July 21, 2021 – February 21, 2022

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Located in Gallery 142


This small, focused installation includes the work of three women artists who attended the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, London, in the 1920s. Sybil Andrews, Lill Tschudi, Dorrit Black, and their fellow students were encouraged by their teacher, Claude Flight, to take up the colour linocut technique. The young artists came to believe this simple relief process was the ideal vehicle for capturing the rhythm and pace of modern everyday life. 

Sybil Andrews’s print Racing is a striking example of the linocut technique and one of her best-known works. To capture the movement of the horses and riders, the artist reduces the composition to simplified patterns and a few bold colours.

In 1947, Andrews and her husband emigrated from England to Canada, settling in Campbell River, British Columbia. She lived there and taught art right up until her death at age 94. Having spent almost half her life in Canada, Andrews is often claimed as a Canadian artist.

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