Sandra Blow

(1925—2006) painter and collagist

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British abstract painter, born in London. She studied at St Martin's School of Art under Ruskin Spear, 1942–6, and the Academy in Rome, 1947–8. In 1961 she won second prize for painting at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition and in the same year began teaching at the Royal College of Art. She worked in a number of abstract styles, including gestural abstraction and Colour Field Painting. At one time she was the lover of Alberto Burri and like him used the materials of wood and tar. She considered herself an ‘academic abstract painter’, primarily concerned with such problems as balance and proportion—‘issues that have been important since art began’. John McLean described her as a ‘true colourist’ who deserved to be put alongside Matisse and Miró.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.

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