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Number Seventeen

Sandra Blow
1961

An abstract painting, made not only with paint but also ash and sand which gives texture and a tactile sense of landscape.

Sandra Blow was one of the pioneering abstract artists of the 1950s. She was known for the strength of her composition and use of colour. In the late 1940s, she introduced new techniques and materials to her work. Using sawdust, sackcloth and plaster, she brought a tactile element to her paintings, which gives them an earthy almost three dimensional sense.