Printmaking artist research (linocuts- Sybil Andrews)

Sybil Andrews was a printmaking artist who made many of her works during the first and second world wars, and with this time period came a lot of shortages in supplies such as wood which was seen by Andrews as “too laborious” anyway, so working with what she has such as flooring linoleum, old umbrellas and a wooden spoon as key tools in performing her Lino cutting technique for printing. Andrews was a tutor at Grosvenor school of art and taught her techniques to her students showing them how linocutting will create bold shapes and slides and to add crosshatching marks to creat deeper textures.
a recurring theme in Andrews work is motion, whether that be mechanical or natural such as a animals, she was fascinated by movement and loved adding this to her prints. For example horse racing and other sports where depicted in her prints.

By 1945, the works of the Grosvenor School artists had lost their appeal and came to be considered “outdated” and “old-fashioned.”For almost four decades, the linocuts of Andrews and her contemporaries had been virtually forgotten. It wasn’t until the 1970s-80s when Andrews was rediscovered in the art world, now being recognized as one of the Grosvenor School’s best artists.

 

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