Chicago artist Sandra Perlow is a contemporary abstract artist whose modernist and inventive multi-media compositions recall the late works of Canadian painter Philip Guston. Sandra’s paintings and drawings reflect an affinity with fragmented surfaces of accumulated layers of history like the moss covered ruins of Mexico, architecture of Angkor Wat, and the remnants of movie posters on abandoned buildings. She exploits the material potential of textile as decorative surfaces, with organic forms and wallpaper motifs concealed and revealed through veils of color as surfaces are echoed in painterly patterns and improvisatory mark-making using a combination of various mediums including acrylic, gouache or oil on top of monoprints or woodcuts. Over the last several years, her works have evolved from flat arrangements of color and shape to pictorial membranes which create a push and pull of figure and ground relationships. Sandra earned her BA and MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for painting and drawing, and received her printmaking degree from the Illinois Institute of Design. She is the recipient of several awards and has held residencies at Yaddo, the American Academy in Rome, and Chicago Artist Coalition.