Sandra Blow RA was a pioneer of the British Abstract movement in the 1950s. Her works are characteristically colourful and large in scale, with an emphasis on surface textures, and tend to use simple, large geometric shapes. They are concerned predominantly with the problems of pure painting - with balance and proportion, tension and scale.
Sandra Blow was born in 1925. She studied at St Martin's School of Art, at the Royal Academy Schools and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and later went on to teach at the Royal College of Art. Her first solo exhibition was at Gimpel Fils in 1951, with further solo exhibitions at the New Art Centre in London, at Clare College Cambridge, and at the Royal Academy of Arts. Sandra Blow was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1973. In 1994 a retrospective of her work was held at the Royal Academy, and her work has been included in exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, St Ives, and throughout the UK. Her awards include joint winner of the International Guggenheim Award in 1960, Second Prize Winner in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1961, and the Korn Ferry Picture of the Year Award at the Royal Academy in 1998. In 1994 her work 'Green and White' was purchased under the terms of the Chantrey Bequest for the Nation.