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Cyril Power

Artist Biography

Cyril Power

Cyril Power was born in London. He followed in the family tradition, became an architect and worked in his father's practice. He excelled there, and in 1900 won The Sloane Medallion, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for his design for an art school. 

Power met fellow artist Sybil Andrews in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, who became a life-long friend. Both artists moved to London and in 1925 where they helped Iain McNab and Claude Flight set up The Grosvenor School of Modern Art in Warwick Square. Andrews become the School Secretary, and Power the principle lecturer. He taught on the form and structure of buildings; on historical ornament and on architectural styles. But he, along with Andrews, also attended Claude Flight's classes, at the School, in linocutting.

The ‘First Exhibition of British Lino-Cuts' was mounted in June 1929 at The Redfern Gallery, London, and a series of exhibitions were then held annually at both The Redfern and The Ward Gallery. These attracted considerable interest, and commissions for Power's and Andrew's work come in from The London Passenger Transport Board. A series of prints were created on the theme: sporting venues reached by the Underground, and the prints were all signed ‘Andrew Power'