• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7424

    20th Century British Art

    16 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 6

    Sandra Blow, R.A. (1923-2006)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    Sandra Blow, R.A. (1923-2006)
    Untitled
    oil, collage, sand and mixed media
    39½ x 29¾ in. (100.3 x 75.5 cm.)
    Painted in the 1960s.
    There is a signed and inscribed letter from the artist to a previous owner dated 15 October 1991, attached to the perspex board on the reverse.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    In a letter from Sandra Blow to a previous owner on 15 October 1991, which is attached to the reverse of this work, she writes 'I confirm that the painting which you have bought from Mr Gay was painted by me sometime in the sixties, probably the late sixties'.

    In the early 1960s Sandra Blow began to use found objects from her studio to build up the surface of her works. She used tea to stain the surface of her canvases and took ash from the stove and fire in her studio to create different textures and effects. Untitled demonstrates her use of collage and mixed media, in which she is able to extend the possibilities of the medium and free the surface. The colour that she increasingly used towards the ends of the 1960s is evident here.

    After her second solo exhibition at the New Art Centre in 1968, she said 'I'd like to do enormously simple but rather dramatic paintings that held a terrific impact and a sense of speed - a kind of flash going across the painting, perfectly balanced, in unity with all the other elements' (M. Bird, Sandra Blow, Aldershot, 2005, p. 97).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Provenance

    with AIA Gallery, London.
    Mr Gay.
    Mr Riley, London.
    with Offer Waterman & Co, London, where purchased by the present owner.