Victor Pasmore: Line & Space

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Victor Pasmore (born Chelsham, Surrey 3 December 1908, died Gudja, Malta 23 January 1998) was one of the greatest British artists of his generation, whose pioneering development of abstract art is considered one of the most significant achievements in 20th century British art.

Known notably as a major figure in the international abstract movement, this wide-ranging retrospective is a unique chance to take stock of Pasmore’s incredibly versatile output over his career – described by former Tate Director, Alan Bowness as ‘a succession of metamorphoses that have at various times dismayed, astonished and delighted his admirers … surely one of the outstanding and most original contributions that anyone has made to the art of our time.’

Pasmore holds a unique place in the canon of British art, from the lyrical landscapes and naturalist work of a young artist attending evening classes at the Central School of Arts and Crafts; early explorations of Fauvism and Impressionism; the development of a new, pure abstraction; experiments with constructivist sculpture, spray painting, collage and Perspex; all the way to Pasmore’s involvement with the planning and design of the new town of Peterlee in County Durham, and recently re-discovered and never-before-seen work made close to his death in 1998. His work reflects and anticipates the changes that occurred in art and art practice across the twentieth century, leading him to become one of the foremost exponents and theorists of abstract art. His work, in all its diversity, remains as challenging and relevant today.

Victor Pasmore was educated at Harrow School where his interest in painting began. From 1927, he studied under A.S. Hartrick at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, during which time he discovered the revolutionary School of Paris. In 1933, he was elected as a member of the London Artists’ Association headed by Roger Fry and Duncan Grant. Pasmore, William Coldstream and Claude Rogers formed an independent private art school, The Euston Road School, in 1937. In 1954 he was appointed Consulting Director of Urban Design for the South West Area, Peterlee New Town in Country Durham.

Pasmore held positions as Director of Painting at Camberwell School of Art and Head of the Department of Painting at King’s College Durham University, as well as lecturing at Harvard University. He was awarded Honorary degrees from the Royal College of Art and the University of Warwick and was presented with a C.B.E in 1959. He became a Trustee of the Tate Gallery in 1963-4 and was elected a Royal Academician in 1983. Pasmore’s work can be found in major museums and public collections worldwide including: Tate Britain (UK), Royal Academy of Arts (UK), Museum of Modern Art (USA), The British Council (UK) and Yale Center for British Art (USA) amongst others.


Cover image: Victor Pasmore with his work Grey Development in Three Movements, 1968-9. Courtesy of The Estate of the Artist and Marlborough, New York and London. Photo by John Pasmore. Top left: Victor Pasmore, Everlasting Flowers, Indian Red, Pink and Crimson, 1947, oil on canvas. Courtesy of The Estate of the Artist and Marlborough, New York and London. Top centre: Victor Pasmore, Untitled, 1993, oil and pencil on board. Courtesy of The Estate of the Artist and Marlborough, New York and London. Top right: Victor Pasmore, Voice of the Ocean, 1989, paint on panel. Courtesy of The Estate of the Artist and Marlborough, New York and London.

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