Image of the Month – Two People by Barbara Sykes SGFA

« When I first saw drawings and prints by Henry Moore that showed Londoners sheltering in the Tube during the Blitz, I was very moved. I am also affected by the beautifully sensitive art of the 20th century German painter and printmaker Käthe Kollwitz. »

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Two PeopleCharcoal, graphite and acrylicWinner of the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize in the Summer Exhibition 2014 at the Royal  Academy of ArtTwo People
Charcoal, graphite and acrylic
Winner of the Hugh Casson Drawing Award in the Summer Exhibition 2014 at the Royal Academy of Art

We had already invited Barbara Sykes SGFA to be our Image of the Month artist for July when we learned that her drawing Two People had not only been selected for the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition 2014, but had also won the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize. In this article Barbara talks about some of the ideas behind her award-winning art.


« My work for the last 20-plus years has been concerned with the human condition from birth to death. It is often tinged with humour, female symbology and very occasionally mythology.

When I first saw drawings and prints by Henry Moore that showed Londoners sheltering in the Tube during the Blitz, I was very moved. I am also affected by the beautifully sensitive art of the 20th century German painter and printmaker Käthe Kollwitz.

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