Sybil Andrews is primarily known for her dynamic, modernist colour linocut prints. Trained in England, she began working in linocuts in the mid-1920s and exhibited regularly until 1939. She came to Canada in 1947, settling in Campbell River, British Columbia.
The Glenbow Museum has played a key role in Sybil Andrews scholarship, beginning in 1982 with the first major exhibition and book dealing with her art by Peter Whyte. Research by Glenbow curator Patricia Ainslie (author/curator of Images of the Land, 1984) and her sustained relationship with the artist led to the donation of 575 works in 1991. This was followed by a huge bequest in 1992 of 960 works that includes all of her famous colour linocuts and the original linoleum blocks, paintings in oil and watercolour, drawings, drypoint etchings, sketchbooks, and personal papers. Andrews' generosity has allowed Glenbow to become the major study centre for her life and work.