Sandra Blow

British, 1925–2006 Sandra Blow was an Abstract Expressionist whose collage-like paintings often incorporated materials like cement, sawdust, and burlap. She was elected to the Royal Academy of Art in 1971 and became a Royal Academician in 1979. Her work was included in the Young Artists Section at the 1958 Venice Biennale, and she was the…

William Scott

(1913-1989) William Scott was one of the first artists in Britain, along with Patrick Heron, to develop a dialogue with America’s Abstract Expressionists and to evolve this influence into an independently British movement. Although born in Scotland in 1913, he is generally held by the Irish to be one of their own, having grown up…

Elisabeth Frink

Frink was born in Suffolk and educated at a convent school in Exmouth. She studied at Guildford School of Art (1947-49) before moving to the Chelsea School of Art for four years. A precocious student, at the age of just 22 Frink exhibited works at the Beaux Arts Gallery and her sculpture Bird was purchased…

John Piper

(1903-1992) Painter of architecture, landscape and abstract compositions, designer for the theatre and of stained-glass windows, and writer on the arts. Born 13 December 1903 at Epsom, Surrey, son of a solicitor. Visited Italy regularly as a child. Published a book of poems with his own illustrations 1924. Piper worked in his father’s office until…

Bruce Mclean

Born: 1944, Scotland One of the greatest living British artists McLean is a performance artist and painter. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1961 to 1963, and from 1963 to 1966 at St Martin’s School of Art, London, where he and others rebelled against what appeared to be the formalist academicism of his…