On the Curve

The Life and Art of Sybil Andrews

Sybil Andrews was one of Canada’s most prominent artists working throughout the late twentieth century. From a cottage by the sea in Campbell River, Andrews created striking linocut prints steeped in feeling and full of movement. Inspired by the working-class community that she lived in, her art is known for its honest depiction of ordinary people at work and play on Canada’s West Coast. In this first fully illustrated biography, author Janet Nicol weaves together stories from Andrews’ letters, diaries and interviews from her former students and friends, creating a portrait of this determined, resilient and gifted British-Canadian artist. Andrews’ work is as popular today as it was in her lifetime and continues to celebrate the cultural, industrial, agricultural and natural world of Canada’s West Coast.

Janet Nicol

Janet Nicol is a freelance writer with a special interest in art, history and social justice. She has written more than 350 articles for forty-seven magazines. She taught high school history for twenty-nine years in Vancouver and summer workshops to teachers in Mongolia, Peru and Tanzania, and has volunteered for the BC Labour Heritage Centre, Room magazine and the British Columbia Historical Federation. She has a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia and was the recipient of British Columbia Historical Federation’s Anne and Philip Yandle Best Article Award in 2013.

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  • subject holds a unique perspective on working-class, female authored art, appreciated coast to coast
  • subject is comparable to Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Daphne Odjig
  • full colour, fully illustrated, includes research, journal entries, and comments by other historic artists
  • long-awaited by history enthusiasts (art, war, labour, feminism, print-making, ex-patriot)
  • author is very well known in BC history community; recieved the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Anne and Philip Yandle Best Article Award