Sandra Blow, pioneer of English abstract painting, new exhibition of the fine arts society



Eleven large-format canvases by the English abstract painter Sandra Blow RA (1925-2006) will be exhibited at the Fine Art Society in London. Spanning a period of almost 30 years, the exhibition will include a number of works that have never been exhibited before.

A pioneer of the abstract art movement in the 1950s, Sandra Blow is best known for her monumental canvases experimenting with abstract form, rhythm, light, space and texture. Blow introduced a new expressive informal character to British art, combining cheap and discarded materials such as sawdust and plaster with the more conventional medium of painting. Her unique way of abstraction was heavily influenced by the Italian artist Alberto Burri, whom she met in Italy in 1946.

Arrived on the London art scene in 1950, Blow quickly obtained international recognition and then exhibited throughout Europe and America alongside the most important artists of the time. His canvases became more and more graphic, colorful and exuberant as his career developed, as did his ambition for scale.

Blow moved from London to St Ives in 1994, but continued to participate in every summer exhibition at Burlington House, fulfilling her role as Academician Royal, for which she was elected in 1971. St Ives and the Sea inspired strong but subtle use of color

which characterizes a certain number of paintings presented in

Artist John Mclean has described Sandra Blow as “the most amazing colourist and the most original composer of a painting that we have had in recent years”, comparing her to Matisse and Mirò. Indeed, the major statements presented in this exhibition suggest that its importance is not yet fully recognized.

Sandra Blow’s work is part of several major international private and public collections, including the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An exhibition to celebrate Blow’s 80th birthday was held at Tate Britain in 2005.

Sandra Blow: Eleven Works January 9 – 30, 2017 The Fine Art Society Bond Street London

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