Published 4 November 2021
Cyril and Sybil: Cutting Through Time
In 1922, Cyril Power, a fifty-year old architect, left his family to work with the twenty-four
year old Sybil Andrews. They would be together for twenty years. Both became famous for
their dynamic, modernist linocuts, full of movement and brilliant colour, summing up the
hectic interwar years. Yet at the same time they looked back, to medieval myths and early
music, to country ways disappearing from sight.
Cyril & Sybil traces their personal dramas, struggles and triumphs, following them from
Suffolk to London, from the New Forest to Vancouver Island. This is a scintillating world of
Futurists, Surrealists and pioneering abstraction, but also of the buzz of the new, of machines
and speed, shops, sport and dance, shining out against the threat of the Great Depression and
looming shadows of war.