Sandy Sykes – Spell For Expressing A Train Of Force


Woodcut by Sandy Sykes

  • State: Excellent condition
  • Total dimensions: 56 x 56 cm (unframed)
  • Dimensions picture: 56 x 56 cm (unframed)
  • Signed: Yes, in pencil (lower right corner)
  • Numbered: A.P.* edition (lower left corner)

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* A.P.: ‘Artist’s Proof’ are marked “A.P.” or “P/A” or sometimes “E.A.” or “E/A” (épreuve d’artiste). When technology was less advanced in the early days of printmaking the first prints of an edition were of a higher quality. Re-using printing plates would gradually wear them down, causing a decline in quality throughout the edition’s production. Traditionally, the artists would keep these prints for themselves.

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Sandy Sykes M.A. was born in Yorkshire and is a painter, printmaker and maker of artist’s books. Since 1970 Sykes has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally in solo and group shows, some of which have toured in Britain, Europe, USA and Russia. Her work is held in numerous Private and Public Collections including Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

2019 Selector for ‘The Masters Open Show 2019’ and for the Publicity image used by Bankside Gallery London

2019 Sandy Sykes Image ‘The Secret History of British Birds : 20’ used for publicity by the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers for ‘Mini Picture Show 2019’ Bankside Gallery London

2019 ‘Colchester Art Society Summer Exhibition 2019’ The Minories Gallery Colchester

2018 ‘RE Original Prints 2018 Bankside Gallery London

2018 ‘The Masters 2018’ Bankside Gallery London

2017 ‘Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter’ Royal West of England Academy, Bristol Dec ’16 to March ’17

2017 ‘Shakespeare: A Celebration’ Travelling to William Rolland Gallery at California Lutheran University, USA.

2017 Campden Gallery Artists, Chipping Campden and Cheltenham Contemporary Art Fair 2017

2017 ‘Paper Contemporary’ Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2017 Sydney Australia.

2017 ‘The Masters’ Bankside Gallery London 2017 and 2018

2017 Sandy Sykes Image ‘The Secret History of British Birds : 20’ used for publicity by the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers for ‘Mini Picture Show’ Bankside Gallery 2017

2016 ‘PASSEL’ Five Selected Artists’ Wharepuke Gallery Kerikeri New Zealand

2016 ‘The RE Annual Exhibition’ For Arts Sake Gallery, Ealing, London.

2016 ’15th Lessedra World Print Annual ? Mini Print 2016 Sophia Bulgaria also in 2017

2016 ‘Burnham Art Trail ’16’ (and other years) Burnham Museum, Burnham-on-Sea, Essex

2015 Solo Exhibition Lessedra Gallery, Sophia Bulgaria

2014 Solo Exhibition (forthcoming), Howdon Park Community Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland

2013 Solo Exhibition, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough, Wiltshire

2013 Solo Exhibition, Wharepuke Print Studio, Kerikeri, New Zealand Nov 2012 to Jan 2013

2013 ‘MULTIPLIED Contemporary Art in Editions Fair’ Christies, London

2013 Invited artist to ‘SKETCH 2013’ Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough, Wiltshire. Travelling to Black Swan Arts, Frome and Plymouth College of Art in 2014. Member of the panel for the Seminar ‘The Role of the Sketchbook in Contemporary Art Practice’. Discussion and blog. Conducted ‘Sketchbook Workshop’ and Print tutorials. Conducting the Course ‘Drawn to Ideas’ and further Print Tutorials in 2014

2013 Participating artist in the ‘Critical Mass’ a Portfolio of 44 international artists featured in Richard Noyce’s popular book, ‘Printmaking Beyond the Edge’. Published 2012 and Exhibited at ‘The Southern Graphics Council International Conference’ Wisconsin, University of Calgary, Canada, University of Applied  Arts, Vienna ,’21 Estampa – Art Multiple’, Madrid, Contemporary Print Fair Betanzos, La Coruna, Spain 2014. At ‘Fundacion ‘ace para el Arte  Contemporaneo’, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2013/14 travelling to other international venues. http//

2013 The ‘Parallel Prints’ project is a portfolio of prints by 12 artists, which was shown simultaneously at the ‘Impact International Print Conference’ in Dundee, Scotland, the Wharepuke Gallery, Kerikeri New Zealand and at Ian Rastrick Fine Art, St Albans in August. Preface to the portfolio is by Richard Noyce.. Travelling to Galerie Apart, Marcilhac-sur-Cele, France, and Pirna, Dresden. The Jinling Museum of Art in Nanjing, and  International Print Center New York are interested for 2014.

2012 ‘Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition’, London ‘MULTIPLIED’ International Print Fair’ Christies, London Solo Exhibition, ‘Lovely and British Gallery’, London Selected for the ‘8th British International Mini Print Exhibition’ Opening at London Print Studio then travelling in Britain for 2 years. ‘England’ Prints and Drawings by Gallery Artists’ Wharepuke, New Zealand ‘RE OPEN’ International Print Show, Bankside Gallery, London Participating Artist in the ‘Burnham Art Trail’ Burnhamâ??on-Crouch, Essex

2011 ‘Laureates of International Print Triennial-Krakow 2009’ Dalarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden. ‘London Original Print Fair 2011, Royal Academy of Arts, London. Invited Artist to ‘BITE London 2011’ Mall Galleries, London, ‘Works on Paper Fair 2011’, Science Museum, London. Featured artist in ‘Extraordinary Sketchbooks’ by Jane Stobart.  Pub. A&C Black 2011

2010 ‘Ambush’ Solo Exhibition’ and ‘Art Lab’Residency at Rabley Drawing Centre Marlborough, ‘Royal Academy Summer Show, London, Awarded Honourable Mention in ‘International Print Network’, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg, Germany.    ‘Multiple Matters’ Kuenstlerhaus, Vienna. ‘Origionals 10’, Mall Galleries, London, ‘London International Art Fair 2010’ and ‘Affordable Art Fair’, New York. ‘Art at Wharepuke’, Kerikeri, New Zealand. Featured artist in ‘Critical Mass-Printmaking Beyond the Edge’ by Richard Noyce, Pub. A&C Black 2010 ISBN: 978-14081-0939-7

2009 Award winner at ‘International Print Triennial Krakow 2009’, Contemporary Art Gallery ‘Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Bunkier Rondo, Katowice, Poland. ‘The Jerwood Drawing Prize’ Jerwood Gallery, London then travelling throughout Britain. Honourable Mention in the ‘4th International Drawing Competition’, Wroclaw, Poland followed by ‘The Touring Exhibition’ ‘RWA 7th Open print Exhibition’ Royal West of England Academy, Bristol ‘Wild is the Wind’ A four person exhibition at WALL gallery, London. ‘International Art Fair London ’09 and invited artist to ‘7th British International Mini Print’ Show. ‘Featured artist in ‘Printmakers Secrets’ by Anthony Dyson, Pub. A and C Black 2009.

2008 Nominated and Finalist for the Sovereign European Art Prize 2008. Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, London. Selected for a Solo show in  Project Space P7 at ‘The London Art Fair ’08’ Solo exhibition ‘Manuscript’ at The Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough.

2007 ‘Prints Tokyo 2007’ Japan, ‘Mini Print International de Cadaques 2007’ Spain.

2006 Residency at ‘firstsite’ Contemporary Art, Colchester. ‘Dwelling’ drawings made there of temporary shelter, and kites were then exhibited at Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre.

2005 Winner of ‘The Bank of Canada Award’ for ‘La Bienniale International D’estampe Contemporaine de Trois Riviers, Quebec Canada Prizewinner in ‘Bird 2005 International Art Award’ Beijing China Medal winner in the ‘2nd Seoul International Bookarts Fair ’05’ Seoul Korea  Shortlisted prizewinner for ‘SKETCH 2005’, Rabley Drawing Centre.

2003/4 Sykes won the Annual Lorne Award Scholarship. She also received a Major Artists Award from Arts Council England East, which allowed her to visit Egypt, New York, Florence and Sienna.

2002 Awarded Funding from Commissions East. Solo exhibition ‘Hopping the Pond: The Hedgehog Series’ held at Manhattan Graphic Center New York 2002.

2001 Awarded a six week Scholarship and Residency to work on the Nagasawa Art Project in Japan

2000 Three month  Research Residency in New York and Manhattan Graphic Center Scholarship


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