Archive for January 8, 2013

Artist of the moment….Sandra Blow….

Sandra Blow was born in London, England in 1925.  Her family raised fruit in the city of Kent, England. Blow came to be known for her wonderful abstact works.

A clip of the artist’s studio located in Britain.

Blow studied at the Saint Martin’s School of Art from 1941 to 1946. Blow then studied in Rome, Italy at the Academy of Art. While in Italy Blow also found about the abstract artist Alberto Burri. Burri was a strong influence and lived a colorful life. He earned a medical degree and was involved in World War Two as a medical doctor. After  his group was caught he was sent to live in an internment camp in Gainesville, Texas. It was here that he took up painting.

Burri ended up loving abstract painting and developed his own technique of adding elements to push the painting into a three dimensional sculpture more or less. He started making abstract collages using materials such as tar, pumice, charred wood, and burned plastic. Here is an example of Alberto Burri and his style of abstract art. Burri was a great inspiration for Robert Rauschenberg.

Its important to see which artists inspired future artists! Its great to see Alberto Burri and his many works that push color and texture to the limit, and then see other artists like Sandy Blow who were inspired by the works and went on to create their own wonderful visions.

Here is an exerpt from a show featuring Alberto Burri at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Look at the many textures he has created!

Here is a wonderful painting by Burri. Burri reminds me of modern day artist Rex Ray with this design.


Blow was part of the teaching faculty at the Royal College of Art in London, England for fourteen years starting in 1961.

As an artist the most important theme in her works was balance. Another important idea to the artist was that of proportion. Blow often worked very large in scale and used found materials such as saw dust, old canvas, plaster, and torn paper.

Price range information: The artist loved to try new mediums and experimented with many over her lifetime.  Acrylics can be found from $500 to $33,000. Collage works range from $1000 to $3000. Watercolors range from $650 to $25,000. Oils range from $3,000 to $90,000.

Blow was a leader in the abstract movement that took place in the United Kingdom in the 1950s.

The artist is part of the Tate Modern collection.

Blow passed away in 2006.