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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.

Artist of the moment….Jagganath Panda….

The artist was born in New Delhi, India in the year 1970.

Below is a brief interview with the artist taken in 2009. Takes place at Gallery Alexia Goethe Gallery.

Here Panda talks about his work of art titled THE CULT OF SURVIVAL II, takes place in 2011.

For his artistic education the artist earned a bachelors degree from the B.K. College of Arts and Crafts. Panda went on to earn a masters degree from the same institution. The artist also earned another masters degree from the Royal College of Art.

Panda has a unique style showing his wonderful drawing skills alongside a high level of creativity in design. In some works Panda uses such items as foil, thread, various papers. The artist uses a very limited palette.

Price range information:  Panda has worked in acrylics which range from $1,000 to $120,000. Oils which range from $1,200 to $133,000.  The artist has done works in watercolor but not enough to make a price schedule, just occasional works appear on the market.

Panda is a Surrealist painter that tries to add his thoughts on the world to his art, one recurring theme is over population of large city areas. Panda is living thru a period of time in India that is very much like the Industrial Revolution of the United States. With large masses of humanity fleeing the countryside and rural areas of the country for the opportunity and riches of the big cities.

Panda is a great Surrealist painter that reminds me of the wonderful Hungarian artist C. Pol Molnar. Both artists do a great job of creating a mythical atmosphere to life. I love looking at the horizons lines of both artist’s and the amount of depth both are able to achieve. Below is a great example of C. Pal Molnar’s style.


Panda currently lives and works out of New Delhi, India.

Winner of the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award.

Panda is a wonderful painter that exemplifies what a modern Surrealist artist can be. I enjoy trying to decipher the many messages that exist in his paintings. From urbanization themes to the select use of funky fabrics and graphic design, his artwork has a contemporary feel. Even on smaller works the artist does a great job at creating mood and atmosphere. The viewer has the feeling of looking at a space that is very real, and seems larger than it appears.  I also enjoy the edges of artists work, they are like the artist very unique!


Artist of the moment…Chantal Joffe…

Chantal Joffe was born in St. Albans, Vermont  in the year 1969. She has garnered critical acclaim for her very large paintings of portraits of women.

A show from 2009.

A great clip here!  This is from a show given for the artist in 2012.

I enjoy looking at the “realness” of the artist’s figure work. In this manner of painting people exactly as they are without painting a pretty picture Joffe reminds me a great deal of the master Lucian Freud. Freud was Sigmund Freud’s grandson but was also an exquisite painter who passed away in 2011. He enjoyed depicting people in unusual positions and not at all flattering, but very real. Freud painted with hogshair bristle brushes and he painted very emotional figures similar to Joffe. Below is Lucian Freud’s painting of Queen Elizabeth. To me the portrait hasn’t been painted to ensure a sale, but a very truthful and honest painting of a person. I wonder if most artists would make such a crude depiction Her Majesty!  Freud flattered no one when he painted.


Another artist that came to mind when watching the video clip, Mary Cassatt.  Cassatt and Joffe both enjoy painting women and children.  Both artists did a wonderful job showing the caring and connection between the mother and child figures. Below is a wonderful example of Mary Cassatt’s style.


Price range information: Chantal Joffe has worked in watercolor, acrylics, and oils. I couldn’t find enough consistent sales to generate price range info for watercolors and acrylics. Oil prices range from $5,000 to $68,000.

Joffe comes from a very creative family!  Her mother is also a contemporary artist and her brother is a well known artist and novelist. When he paints he mainly paints the female figure and enjoys designing the fashion the models wear. Below is an example of Jasper Joffe’s work.


Joffe studied art from a young age in England. She finished studies at the Camberwell College of Arts. She then attended the Glasgow School of Art for her collegiate studies earning a bachelors degree in fine art. For her master’s degree she went to the Royal College of Art.

The artist paints very large in scale, sometimes having sides ten feet long.

She has been part of group exhibitions world wide in London, Paris, Venice, Milan, and New York.

In 2002 she participated in a  show with her mother and brother. The show was titled THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

Chantal Joffe now lives and works out of London.

I love to see these very artistic families and was very impressed to see a show with all three artists included. Since I imagine each provides some sort of inspiration for the other its also interesting that all enjoy painting the female figure with an emphasis on fashion design.


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