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Sandra Betty Blow (1925-2006)

Abstract painter, born in London the daughter of a wholesale fruit merchant. She studied at St. Martin's School of Art, 1942-46, RA Schools, 1946-47, and the Accademia di Belli Arti in Rome, 1947-48. She first exhibited in 1946 at the RA and her first solo exhibition was held at Gimpel Fils, London in 1951 followed by many others at home and abroad. Blow also exhibited at the Venice Biennale and, in 1961, won second prize at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition. She was elected an Associate of the RA, 1971, RA, 1978. Between 1957-58 she worked in Cornwall with artist Roger Hilton joining the Penwith Society in 1958 and from 1960 for fifteen years she taught at the RCA. More recently her work was been exhibited at KHG and many of her works were sold as limited edition prints through CCA Galleries. Her abstract paintings employ colour, gestural brush marks and texture and for a period experimented with collages, and the combination of pol