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Sandra Blow

Sandra Blow

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Sandra Blow RA (1925-2006) was one of the leading lights of the abstract art movement of the 1950s.

Her works, often on a large scale, consist of abstract collages made up of discarded materials such as sawdust, cut-out strips of canvas, plaster and torn paper. The use of such materials designed to create an expressive informality and promote a natural, organic feeling. Her works have a tactile as well as visual emphasis on surface, and her use of simple large geometric shapes lend a feeling of expansiveness and dynamism.

Sandra Blow was born in London in 1925, the daughter of a Kent fruit farmer whose orchards supplied retailers in Covent Garden. She left school at 15 and in 1940 entered Saint Martin's School of Art. Shortly after the Second World War, Blow studied at the Royal Academy Schools, but in 1947 ventured further afield to Italy, where she lived for a year. It was during this time that she met Alberto Burri, who was a significant influence on her work for the rest of her career.