Born in London in 1925, Sandra studied at St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal Academy School's before leaving for Italy.

It was here that Alberto Burri introduced Sandra to the potential of collage and the use of other materials such as wood and cloth. From her mentor, Sandra distilled her own form of abstract expressionism, pre-occupied with space, matter and movement.

Sandra's innovative approach to painting during the 1950s ensured her position as one of the leaders of the post-war British abstract movement.

Throughout this period Sandra enjoyed regular solo shows at Gimpel Fils in London and had soon exhibited all over the World.

In 1978, Sandra was elected Royal Academician and in 1985 her work was exhibited alongside Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth and Peter Lanyon at a major exhibition at The Tate entitled ‘St Ives 1939 – 1964’.

In 1994, the Royal Academy honoured her achievements with a solo show.

Sandra continued to produce works in her own unique style until her death in 2006.  She is one of the most important British artists of the last 50 years.  During this time of rapid change in the art world, her commitment to abstract painting has resulted in a large and diverse body of work of distinctive power and subtlety which is held in both private and public collections throughout the World.

Sandra Blow

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