Eveline Winifred Syme
Eveline Syme (26 October 1888 – 6 June 1961) was an Australian artist associated with the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, and an advocate for women's post-secondary education.
Eveline Winifred Syme was born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England, daughter of Joseph Cowen Syme and Laura Blair Syme. She was raised in Melbourne, where she was an early student of Melbourne Girls Grammar. Her father was a newspaper publisher in that city, as were her grandfather Ebenezer Syme (proprietor of The Age), and William Spowers, the father of her friend and colleague, Ethel Spowers. Eveline Syme returned to England to study classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, but women were not granted degrees from Cambridge in her time, so she went back to Melbourne to earn an education degree.
Syme studied art in Paris and Melbourne, often in the company of Spowers. She had her first solo show in Melbourne in 1925, and another in 1928, showing works in various media, many of them watercolor landscape studies, though she also painted in oils and drew in pencil. She and Spowers enrolled at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in 1929, to learn more about linocuts.
By the following year Syme was back in Melbourne, exhibiting and speaking about modern printmaking. Along with Spowers she was associated with George Bell's "Contemporary Art Group." Late in life, she was on the executive committee of the National Gallery Society of Victoria.
- Stephen Coppel, "Syme, Eveline Winifred (1888–1961)", Australian Dictionary of Biography(2002).
- Felicity St. John Moore, "Eveline Syme, 'Tennis and Tea,'" in Lesley Harding and Sue Cramer, eds., Cubism and Australian Art(Miegunyah Press 2009): 107.
- Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the Machine Age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor School (Scolar Press 1995).
- Art Gallery NSW, "Works by Eveline Syme"
- J ane Hyltton, Modern Australian Women: Paintings and Prints, 1925-1945 (Art Gallery of South Australia 2000).
- E. I. Lothian and Eveline Syme, University Women's College, University of Melbourne: A Brief History (University of Melbourne 1954).
- "Eveline Winifred Syme," Brighton Cemetery Historic Interments, http://brightoncemetery.com/HistoricInterments/150Names/symee.htm