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SANDRA BLOW R.A. (1925-2006)

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1950 to 1959 England

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Sandra Blow born 1925-2006 Abstract painter born in London where she continued to live, but also had a studio in Cornwall. Blow studied at St Martin’s school of Art 1941-6. In 1947-7 she studied at the Royal Academy school of Art under Ruskin Spear, and from 1947-8 travelled to Rome to study at the Rome Academy of Arts. She often used materials such as polyurethane and willow cane to construct her pictures. Blow has been said to be concerned pre-eminently with the problems of pure painting: balance and proportion, tension and scale. The Tate holds her work.

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Blow’s first solo exhibition was at Gimpel Fils in 1951, where she continued to exhibit regularly until the mid-sixties. Further solo shows were held at the New Art Centre, London (1966,68,71 and 73); at Clare College, Cambridge (1968) and at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (Diploma Gallery) in 1979. More recently, a retrospective of her work was held at the Royal Academy in 1994. Blow also participated in many international group exhibitions from an early stage. These included; Young British Painters, at The Art Club, Chicago (1957), which subsequently toured the USA for two years; the Venice Biennale — Young Artists Section (1958); Aspects of New British Art', British Council touring exhibition of Australia and New Zealand (1967); and St Ives held at the Tate Gallery, London (1985). Her work has also been regularly included in group-exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, St Ives, and in other shows throughout the UK. Blow’s awards include joint-winner of the International Guggenheim Award (The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1960), Second Prize Winner in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition (1961) and the Korn Ferry Picture of the Year Award, Royal Academy (1998). In 1994 her work 'Green and White' was purchased under the terms of the Chantrey Bequest for the Nation. Among her recent commissions are a glass screen for Heathrow Airport (commissioned by the BAA in 1995), and illustrations for 'Waves on Porthmeor Beach', by Alaric Sumner (Wordsworth Books, 1995). Sandra Blow was appointed Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1973. She lived and worked in Cornwall. Selected Solo Exhibitions:2001 Tate St Ives 1997 New Millennium Gallery, St Ives1994 Retrospective, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1991 Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London Selected Public Collections:Tate Britain Victoria and Albert Museum, London Arts Council of Great Britain Museum of Modern Art, New York Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York Contemporary Arts Society, London The British Council Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Arts Council of Northern Ireland Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Felton Bequest, Melbourne, Australia Leeds City Art Gallery
Dimensions
Height 17.00 cm (6.69 inches)
Width 22.00 cm (8.66 inches)
Medium
Gouache on paper
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Signed / Dated 1950s
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