This is an example of Blow’s geometric abstract work. Rather than containing unexpected textures, materials or collage techniques, this screenprint is a much more controlled, formal feeling image. Screen printing is a technique where mesh is used to transfer ink onto a surface. Layers of ink can be built up, with some areas protected from saturation by blocks or ink-resistant coatings.
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Original: Screenprint on paper 44.5 x 42.2 cm © Estate of Sandra Blow
Sandra Blow (1925 - 2006) was a British artist born in Newington, London. She studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art from 1941-6, and briefly at the Royal Academy schools before leaving to study in Italy at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome. It was there that she met fellow artist Alberto Burri, with whom she formed a working and personal relationship, with the pair continuing to produce works in response to each other throughout the 1950s and 60s. In 1960 Blow became a teacher at the Royal College of Art, and was elected to the Royal Academy in 1978. She is best known for her pioneering abstract works, utilising collage and unusual materials such as liquid cement.