Sybil Andrews (1898-1992) and Gwenda Morgan (1908-1991) both developed their printmaking skills at the progressive Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London (1925-1940), one of the few British art schools of the time that exposed students to avant-garde European art. Sharing the school’s commitment to a democratic approach to the arts, Andrews produced linocuts and Morgan wood engravings - inexpensive and accessible works on paper which might be displayed on anyone’s walls or used to illustrate mass produced books and posters. Yet their personal styles were very different. Morgan engraved neo-romantic views of the Sussex countryside, where she lived all her life. Andrews’ prints were often about urban life and her early works reveal traces of the Futurist, Cubist, and Vorticist styles to which she had been introduced. Andrews immigrated to British Columbia in 1947 and reestablished herself as an artist and teacher.
A Study in Contrast provides thoughtful insight into Andrews’ and Morgan’s work; at the same time it invites us to draw our own comparisons between these remarkable artists.