Anne Dybka – Glass plate with Lyre Bird & Australiana engraving, 1980’s
Anne Dybka – Glass plate with Lyre Bird & Australiana engraving, finely engraved her stippled effect with an Australian Aboriginal story, with a Lyre Bird on a log talking to a Frog, a ghostly Aboriginal elder face in the background, a lotus flower in the foreground, the whole scene encircled with a irregular “dreamtime” river design.
Signed lower right A.DYBKA.
Anne Dybka (1921-2007) was an English born glass artist who came to Australia in 1956. She had studied Art under Martin Bloch, and at the London polytech. She enrolled in the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, and later studied under George Bell. After her first husband died, she married an Austrian ceramic artist, Rudolf Dybka. They worked in a series of studios across Sydney in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Together, they opened a gallery called ‘Dybka Tichy’ in Parramatta. Her work was sold in the leading department stores of the day, such as Grace Brothers and Walton’s in Sydney, and Georges in Melbourne. She embraced ‘Australiana’, producing stunning cameo-cut works that were unique at the time, as cameo cutting had almost died out. Her works ended up all over the world, She also worked as a decorator for Guy Boyd, and as an engraver at Crown Crystal Glass in Sydney, and as a glass designer for Old Chelsea glassware. She is also recorded engraving works for Orrefors in in Sweden, and for both Baccarat and Lalique in France – the best glass makers in the world, a great indication of her merit.
In 1978, she opened a studio in the Argyle Arts Centre, by Sydney Harbour in The Rocks. She continued to engrave here continuously for the next 27 years, until she retired in 2005. In 2003, she was recognised as an artist of great merit for Australia, and presented with the Order of Australia.
Her motto was
“each piece must be a work of art…or it isn’t good enough”
– and in the studio, she displayed a sign that asked that visitors only disturb her if they were genuinely interested in speaking to her about her art, as other distractions weren’t welcome as she concentrated on her work. She is quoted as saying that
“Glass Engraving is a precise art…You can’t hide any little mistake that a lapse in concentration can easily cause”.
This piece certainly shows her stunning work at its best.
Her work is represented in:
The National Gallery Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Parliament House, Canberra
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Wagga Gallery, Wagga Wagga
The Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
… and numerous great private collections around the world.