Huxley-Parlour Sandra Blow, Early Works, 2022 3–5 Swallow Street [2]

Current

25.11 – 14.1 2023

Sandra Blow:Early Works

Sandra Blow:Early Works

25.11 – 14.01.2023

Current

Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street
London
W1B 4DE

Huxley-Parlour are delighted to present their second exhibition by British artist, Sandra Blow. Sandra Blow: Early Works exhibits a group of important, large-scale canvases across the first three decades of her artistic career, and is testament to her position as the earliest and most original of the female abstract painters in Britain.

Sandra Blow is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of British Abstraction since the inception of the movement. Her large, geometric canvases took heavy influence from the post-war ‘Art Informel’; a movement which saw renewed value in unorthodox materials, such as cement, clay, and linen to create canvases rich in texture and dimension. Her position at the forefront of the movement was significant, given the heavy male presence on the scene at the time.

THE EXHIBITION

12

The Works

10

1

Sandra Blow

Composition

1960

Oil and sand on board

2

Sandra Blow

Composition

1960

Oil, charcoal and sand on paper, laid on canvas

3

Sandra Blow

Untitled

1960

Oil and sand on board

4

Sandra Blow

Untitled

1959

Oil and charcoal on paper and board

5

Sandra Blow

Untitled

1967

Gouache on paper, mounted on card

6

Sandra Blow

Untitled

1973

Acrylic on canvas with aluminium and fibreglass construction

7

Sandra Blow

Untitled

1974

Acrylic and collage on canvas with metal construction

8

Sandra Blow

Green Projection

1971

Acrylic on canvas, with aluminium and wire construction

9

Sandra Blow

Composition II

1965

Acrylic, tea and collage on canvas

10

Sandra Blow

Untitled

1965

Tea, ash and acrylic on canvas

Sandra Blow

B. United Kingdom1925

Sandra Blow

B. United Kingdom1925

Biography

Sandra Blow RA pioneered British abstraction in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through her ongoing investigations of scale, colour and composition, and use of diverse materials. Travelling across Europe in 1947, Blow discovered new and radical ideas about the nature of pictorial space. Using materials such as cement and grit, Blow’s paintings are collage-like in their combination of painted and constructed elements. Presenting an amalgamation of geometric shapes, bold colours and organic materials, her large scale canvases prod the boundary between painting and sculpture. Exploring tensions between marks and materials, Blow’s canvases are typically bold in nature, appearing impulsive and daring, and illustrative of her desire to preserve the element of surprise. 

Blow was born in London, in 1925. She studied at St Martin’s School of Art where she graduated in 1946. Blow travelled across Europe in 1947, settling for a year in Italy where she enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti.  Blow’s work has been exhibited often at Gimpel Fils Gallery and the annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Her work has been exhibited internationally in a solo show in New York and the 29th Venice Bienalle. In 1957 and 1958, her work was included in several group shows of young British artists in Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, West Germany and the USA. In 1961 she became a tutor in the painting school of the Royal College of Art, where she remained working until 1975. She was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1971 and, in 1978, was elected a full Royal Academician. In the same year her work was included in the group exhibition, Hayward Annual 1978, held at the Hayward Gallery, London.  Her work was included alongside Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Patrick Heron at the Tate Gallery exhibition St Ives 1939-1964 in 1985. She had her first full scale retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy’s recently opened Sackler Galleries in the spring of 1994 and a further retrospective at Tate Britain in 2005. 

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