Victor Pasmore

MBAC Artists VP 2

Victor Pasmore was born in Chelsham Surrey in 1908, and after completing primary education within the local county Pasmore began part time study at the Central School of Art in London. During the Second Wold War Pasmore was a conscientious objector, and when called up in 1942 his rejection of orders resulted in him being court martialled and sentenced to 123 days of imprisonment. Once released Pasmore went to the Appellate Tribunal in Edinburgh, after which he was exempt from all further military service. 

After his artistic training Pasmore became on of the most prominent pioneers of abstraction in British Art after being heavily influenced by artists such as Paul Klee and Mondrian. From 1947 Pasmore began to experiment with abstraction around 1948, constructing pieces that were more architecturally weighted than sculpturally, for example his experimentation with new materials and levels of relief. During the creative period of his life he actively taught at the Camberwell School of Art in London until 1961 where he represented Britain in the esteemed Venice Biennale. Victor Pasmore was the driving force behind the development of abstraction in Britain, which in turns makes each and every work a unique snippet of artistic revolution. 

Major Retrospectives 


Venice Biennale with a retrospective exhibition which later travelled throughout Europe.


Tate Gallery London 

Solo exhibitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Galleria Lorenzelli, Milan.


First one-person show in New York at Marlborough-Gerson Gallery.


Exhibition at Amano Gallery, Osaka, Japan.


Memorial Retrospective, Marlborough Fine Art, London.

Changing The Process of Painting – Tate Gallery, Liverpool.

Related blog posts:

Chiswick Revisited

A visit to the Marlborough Gallery


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