I’m a fan of simplicity. Less is definitely more in my book. London native Sandra Blow (1925-2006) understood the beauty in the basic. Her dedication to art began early and carried on until her last breath.
Sandra began to study art at the age of 16. She attended St Martin’s School of Art from 1941 to 1946 and then at the Royal Academy Schools for a year after. From there she completed her studies in Rome, Italy at the Academy of Fine Arts. At the Academy is where Sandra fell in love with collages. Her time in Rome set the tone for the remainder of her career.
‘As well as wanting a balance in the composition, there should be what I call a starting rightness. This can be any shape or colour: the crucial thing is that, although perfect in its place, there is an unexpected quality about it, an element of surprise.’ -Sandra Blow
The collage technique was combined with Sandra’s interest in space, matter, and movement. The was intrigued by geometry and incorporated the idea of basic shapes into her collage work. To add a little pizazz to the paintings, Sandra experimented with different textures on canvas.
Years of hard work paid off in 1951. Her first exhibition was at Gimpel Fils where she displayed her work on a regular basis until the 1960s. After spending almost a decade in London, Sandra’s work traveled the globe appearing in countless countries and exhibitions.
The art did more than gain oohs and aahs. It also scored Sandra some dope prizes and awards. She earned the coveted Guggenheim Award in 1960, second place in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1961, and the Korn Ferry Picture of the Year Award in 1998.
Sandra Blow was on the front lines of the abstract art movement during the 1950s. She was elected into the Royal Academy and eventually received an Honorary Fellowship. She relocated to Cornwall in 1994 where she lived and continued to work until her sudden passing in 2006.
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