1925 - 2006

Born in London in 1925, Sandra Blow had an innovative approach to painting during the 1950`s which insured her position as one of the leaders of the post war British abstract movement.

Sandra Blow studied at St. Martin`s (1941-6) and then the Royal Academy School`s, before leaving for Italy. Alberto Burri introduced Sandra Blow to the potentials of collage and the tensions between textures therein. From her mentor Sandra Blow 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 Blow set about treating form with its own innate reality and rejecting subject matter in terms of representation.

In 1978 Sandra Blow was elected Royal Academician and in 1994 the Royal Academy honoured her achievements with a solo show.


 1942-46 Central St. Martin`s School of Art

1946-47 Royal Academy Schools

1947-48 Accademia di Belli Arti, Rome

1961-75 Tutor, painting school, Royal College of Art


 1971 Elected ARA

1978 RA Status

1983 Appointed Honorary Fellow at the Royal College of Art

2003 Appointed Honorary Fellow of the London Institute