Mabel Pye was born in Melbourne and studied drawing 1912-15 and painting 1915-19 at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, a contemporary of Napier Waller, Ethel Spowers and Adelaide Perry. She was a member of the Victorian Artists Society from 1918-41 and exhibited prints with them between 1935-41; she was also a member of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors from 1920-58. Pye was best known for her watercolours and colour linocuts, most of which she made during the 1930s.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998
colour linocut on ivory wove paper
14.2 x 17.1 cm blockmark (irreg.); 21.9 x 20.4 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.l., pencil "M Pye". Not dated.
© Estate of Mabel Pye
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Mabel Pye, The Russell Davis Gallery, Melbourne, 19 Oct 1975–13 Nov 1975
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010
Referenced in 4 publications
Roger Butler., Melbourne woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920's and 1930's, 'Woodcuts and Linocuts of the 1920s and 1930's', Sydney, 1981, (colour illus.), (illus.). Not paginated; No catalogue numbers; Collection of National Gallery of Victoria.
Helen Campbell, Look, 'Colour, rhythm and design: Wood and lino cuts from a time of great creative vitality', pg. 13-15, Sydney, Feb 2010, 15 (colour illus.).
Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 19 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 67 (colour illus.). cat.no. 56