“I have had an inner compulsion to paint since I was fifteen, and I’m very aware of being free. I feel ready to spring off: I feel an upsurge, like a bird. And I’ll paint until I drop.’’


Sandra Blow was born in London and studied at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, The Royal Academy Painting School, and the Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome. Between 1960–75, she was a visiting Tutor to the Painting School of the Royal College of Art, amongst her students, R B Kitaij and, David Hockney, her “golden boy”.


Since 1951, she had numerous solo shows – including Tate St Ives and, most recently, at the Tate Britain (2005), and featured in many group exhibitions. Her works are in many public collections, including, The Tate Gallery, London, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Leeds City Art Gallery.


She was elected Royal Academician in 1978, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1983. In 1994 she moved from her studio in Chelsea to St. Ives, Cornwall where she lived and worked.


Her contribution to the development of post-modernist painting in postwar Britain is undisputed; the monograph, ‘Sandra Blow’ by Michael Bird (published by Lund Humphries), celebrates her life and achievements.

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