Maltby Sykes (1911-1992)

13 February - 28 March 2020
Maltby Sykes (1911 - 1992), Church in Ligurnia

Momentum Gallery presents an exhibition of original lithographs and mezzotints printed

in the 1950s and 60s by southern modernist Maltby Sykes (1911-1992). Revered

by generations of students, Sykes was Professor Emeritus at Auburn University,

where he taught for many years. Having trained with John Sloan in New York, Diego

Rivera in Mexico, and André Lhote and Fernand Léger in Paris, Sykes mastered

numerous printmaking techniques. His sophisticated, mid-century modern prints are

often monochromatic with bold and graphic subjects inspired by the artist’s travels,

mythology, and world events during his lifetime. Sykes is the recipient of a NEA grant

(1967) and his works are in the permanent collections of a number of museums

including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA;

Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; and the Asheville Art Museum, NC.