Sandra Blow RA

Untitled (Trellis), 2000

Pencil and collage on paper laid down on board

Untitled, 2005

gouache, collage and hessian on paper


watercolour, oil, collage and hessian on paper


SANDRA BLOW RA, 1925-2006

Born in 1925, Sandra Blow studied at St. Martin’s School of Art from 1941 - 46, the Royal Academy Schools 1946 - 47 and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome 1947 - 48. It was in Italy under the influence of mentor Alberto Burri that she developed her own brand of reductive abstract painting.  She travelled to Spain and France in the late 1940s and lived in Cornwall from 1957 - 58. She then moved to London and went on to teach at the Royal College of Art from 1960. 

Blow was an abstract painter who has also used materials such as polyethylene, and willow cane to construct pictures.  Blow has been said to be concerned pre-eminently with the problems of pure painting; balance and proportion, tension and scale.  

She was appointed Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1973, and enjoyed success both in London and around the world. In 1994 the Royal Academy of Arts held a major solo exhibition of her work. Her work is in held in many public collections including the Tate Gallery, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Fitzwilliam Musuem, the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Blow moved to Cornwall in 1994 where she continued to paint up until her death on 22nd August, 2006.

Recent Solo Exhibitions

2009 – Retrospective, Beaux Arts, London

2008 - Retrospective, Fine Art Society, London

2001 - Tate St Ives 

1997 - New Millennium Gallery, St Ives 

1994 - Retrospective, Royal Academy of Arts, London

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