Sandra Blow

Green and White

1969

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Acrylic paint, ash and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 3048 x 3048 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1994
Reference
T06882

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Blow described herself as an academic abstract painter, blending traditional and improvised materials to create impactful textures, forms and colours. This work incorporates blended ash made from burning nuts in her studio stove. Green and White took Blow one to two months to complete and was made while teaching at the RCA. Previously, she had used low-quality found material, in part as a tribute to her former lover Alberto Burri. In the 1960s, however, Blow made works which were more open, brightly-coloured and apparently celebratory.

Gallery label, September 2016

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