Sandra Blow RA
(1925 - 2006)
Sandra Blow studied at St. Martin's School of Art from 1941-1946, at the Royal Academy Schools from 1946-47, and subsequently at the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome from 1947-48. In the late 1940s she travelled to Spain and France, and had her first solo show at Gimpel Fils in 1951. She worked in Cornwall for a year from 1957-58 and then went on to teach at the Royal College of Art from 1960.
Blow was an abstract painter and did at times use materials such as polyethylene and willow cane to construct pictures as well as using the more traditional materials. Her work 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 elected a Royal Academician in 1978.
The Tate Gallery holds her work.
She died in 2006 in Cornwall.