Within my first few weeks of moving to London I discovered Kings Place, which at the time contained abstract work by Sandra Blow, T. J. Clark himself, and some stunning canal views from the great restaurant and cafe area. Definitely a good introduction to London!
Sandra Blow’s work utilises the vast, open space of Kings Place well. The mixed media paintings bring bursts of colour and bold lines to the modern building and so seems to create an exciting dialogue with the architecture.
Some of her collages were inspired by Matisse. She also was influenced by many of the St Ives artists as she was a regular visitor there from the late 1950s and then settled there permanently forty years later.
After looking round this brilliant current exhibition, I attended a talk by T. J. Clark on his latest book ‘Picasso and Truth’. This was a riveting hour because he was such a good speaker, and this high level of intrigue and engagement was continued and reflected in the many questions asked by the audience. I plucked up courage to speak to him afterwards. Look out for another blog specifically critiquing the content of his talk and my experience of meeting him.