INSPIRATION: Extraordinary Abstract Artist, Victor Pasmore

Victor Pasmore was one of the greatest British abstract artists of the 20th century. Born in 1908, he was educated at Harrow and the Summer Fields School, influenced by Impressionist painters, painting mostly landscapes. In 1927 he moved to London, where he studied at the Central School of Art. In ’34 he became involved with the “Objective Abstractions“, a London group of abstract painters. It was around this time that Pasmore dabbled in tachism, but was back to the style of realism by 1936. Pasmore helped found the Euston Road School a year later, focusing on naturalism. The group was closed in 1939 due to the outbreak of WWII.

During the 40’s Pasmore was more and more influenced by French Post-Impressionism and 1947 saw a turn in style for Pasmore to a more abstract style, inspired by Ben Nicholson, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. Along with Mary and Kenneth Martin, Pasmore became the leading figure in the Constructivist revival in the UK at the time. He also taught at a multitude of universities, including the Camberwell School of Art, the Central School of Arts and Crafts, Durham University, and the University of Newcastle.

In 1954 he became the “Consulting Director of Urban Design for South West Area” of Peterlee in Durham Country. He designed the architecture of this area until 1977 when the project was finally completed. In ’66, he moved to Malta and started printmaking. This became a large part of his creative process until his death in 1998.

Obviously, Pasmore had an extensive and diversified body of work. Here are a few of my favourites.

“Lamplight”, 1941

“The Quiet River: The Thames at Chiswick”, 1943-4

“The Gardens of Hammersmith No. 2,” 1949

“Spiral Motif in Black, White and Indigo”, 1951

“Synthetic Relief Construction”, 1966

Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee, 1969

“Points of Contact No. 22”,1974

“Magic Eye 1”, 1995

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Alison Hickey

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Alison Harmsworth is a set designer based in Toronto. Her credits include 'Schitt's Creek', 'Good Witch', 'A Christmas Horror Story', 'Remedy', and 'Spun Out'.

  1. Its taken some time for Pasmore to be noticed and the revival seems to be taking place in the commercial marketplace as well as print dealers start to stock up on his work.


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