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Sybil Andrews

Mary Ryan Gallery

The British linocut movement, led by artist Claude Flight, a teacher at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London, took shape in the wake of World War I. Inspired by Flight’s view of the linoleum block print as a populist medium, a group of artists began producing ingenious woodcutlike designs that drew on Art Deco and Italian Futurism. Unlike the Vorticists of the ’teens, who worked primarily in an abstract vein, the linocut artists depicted recognizable, popular subjects—straphangers in the London underground, scenes of the British countryside, and sporting events. The movement flourished for a time, died out during the Depression, and has remained a relatively obscure chapter of art history.

The tensions between form and content in the work of the British linocutters are particularly evident in the block prints of Sybil Andrews, who, until her death in 1992, continued to make images

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