Blow, Sandra RA (1925-2006)

Born in London in 1925, Sandra’s innovative approach to painting during the 1950’s insured her position as one of the leaders of the post war British abstract movement. Sandra studied at St. Martin’s (1941-6) and then the Royal Academy School’s, before leaving for Italy. Alberto Burri introduced Sandra to the potentials of collage and the tensions between textures therein. From her mentor Sandra distilled her own form of reductive abstract expressionism, preoccupied with space, matter and movement. Fuelled also by the Renaissance principles of geometry, light and scale, Sandra set about treating form with its own innate reality and rejecting subject matter in terms of representation. In 1978 Sandra was elected Royal Academician and in 1994 the Royal Academy honoured her achievements with a solo show

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