Sandra BLOW

Sandra BLOW RA, Hon FRCA

Born in London, Blow studied at St Martins School of Art and then the RA Schools, finishing up her student days at the Academie della Belle Arte, Rome in 1948. She taught at the Royal College of Art, London. After some further travelling she settled in London before arriving in West Cornwall, to stay a year in a cottage at Tregerthen to be near Patrick HERON and his wife Delia. Other close friends were Roger and Rose HILTON. Latterly she became a member of the Hypatia Trust and made a significant donation to the establishment of the WCAA in Penzance.

Over the remaining years she lived and worked both in London and in West Cornwall, associating herself with several societies in both places. In the 1990s she acquired one of the Porthmeor Studios, and from that studio came her first painting for the Tate Gallery St Ives (Porthmeor Beach exhibition). She joined the Penwith Society in 1958, and was elected an associate of the RA in 1971 (RA 1978).


Abstract painter, teacher

works and access

Likenesses: photo with Rose Phipps & Roger Hilton [in] in Bird (2008) St Ives Artists: Place & Time;

Tate (4 works);



Porthmeor Beach Exhibition, Tate St Ives

WCAA Founding Art Auction (Donor) Queens Hotel, Penzance, April 2004

'Sandra Blow' The Exchange 26 July - 4 Oct 2014

2017: 'Sandra Blow - Eleven Works', The Fine Art Society, London (9-30 Jan)




NSA 1995 list

Penwith Society

Hypatia Trust

misc further info



Personal bibliography: Bird (2005) Sandra Blow (100 colour and 38 b&w illus)

Bird (2008) St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place & Time;

Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;

Cross (2002) Catching the Wave, Contemporary Art & Artists in Cornwall (pp57-61, photos & illus); 

Great Atlantic Publications & Clark Art Ltd (2008) the golden age of cornish art

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery; 

Hoyle, H (Dec 2010 Women Artists in Cornwall Review of BBC4 documentary 'Art of Cornwall'

Hoyle, H (Oct 2011 Women Artists in Cornwall 'Louise Connell at Falmouth Art Gallery'

Hoyle, H (June 2003 Women Artists in Cornwall 'Open Studios Cornwall 2013 - Margaret Deans and Julia Cooper'

Hoyle, H (Feb 2014 Women Artists in Cornwall 'Morag Ballard at Lemon Street Gallery'

Hoyle, H (Aug 2014 Women Artists in Cornwall 'Sandra Blow - in Search of Balance'

RA (1977) British Painting 1952-77

Tate (1985) St Ives 1939-64 Twenty Five Years of Painting, Sculpture and Pottery (biog info p118 [photo c 1958])

W H Lane Catalogue (2004) WCAA Charity Auction

Whybrow (1996) Another View, Art in St Ives (photo illustration)

Whybrow (2013) St Ives: The Story of Porthmeor Studios;