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Sybil Andrews


Born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, Sybil Andrews began her trek into the art world during World War I. Unable to afford an art education, she took a job as a welder for Bristol Welding Company, making aircrafts, and took an art correspondence course on the side. After the war she returned home and taught art classes, before working up enough capital to head off to Heatherley's School of Fine Art in London in 1922. From there, Sybil Andrews acquired a secretarial job at Grosvenor School of Modern Art, where she used her pay to take further art classes. The school had a profound affect on her artistic life. It rendered Sybil a love and interest for linocuts and she created a number of works prior to World War II.

Some of her greatest works were created during the 1930s, when she shared a studio with  and collaborated on projects with Cyril Power. Her work was regularly exhibited at Redfern Gallery and was part of touring exhibitions in China, Australia and Canada.

World War II, as it did for so many, brought a detour to the life Sybil envisioned. She returned to the welding industry, where she met her husband, Walter Morgan. When Germany fell, the couple moved to Canada in search of a better life. Sybil was finally able to accomplish what she had always wanted - to teach and create.

In 1985 Sybil Andrews published "The Artists Kitchen" which featured her lessons and artistic philosophy.