Curatorial Art Practice in London
For me construction is not merely a new technique: it is also an aesthetic and an attitude of mind.
(Victor Pasmore, Construction: England: 1950-1960, Drian Gallery, 1960)
Based between London and Malta (since 1966), Victor Pasmore (1908–1998) has influenced the course of 20th century British art in terms of architecture, sculpture and painting. According to Charles Spencer, Pasmore was a self-taught artist, brilliant theorist and craftman.
As one of the founding members of the Euston Road School (founded in 1938) Pasmore was devoted to realistic representation, in contrast to the other non-figurative art movements. However, at the end of the 1940s he embraced abstract art, and started experimenting with abstract reliefs in 1952–1953. In the same period he was appointed Consulting Director of Urban Design for the south-west area of Peterlee New Town, County Durham (1955-1977), and Director of Painting at in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was in the latter position until 1961, after which he terminated his teaching career to join the Malborough Gallery in London and dedicate himself exclusively to his artistic practice.
As an extremely prolific cross-media artist, Pasmore produced an impressive series of paintings, screenprints (printed by the emerging Kelpra Studios in London and 2RC Workshop in Rome) and reliefs, and designed the concrete structure ‘Pavillon’ for the utopian project Peterlee New Town (1970).
Pasmore’s works have been presented in landmark group shows such as This is Tomorrow (Whitechapel Gallery, 1956) and Art since 1945 (Documenta II, 1959), and solo exhibitions in London, New York and Rome. As an internationally acclaimed artist, Pasmore represented Britain in the Venice Biennale in 1960 and in the 1965 São Paulo Biennale, and was honoured by huge retrospective exhibitions at the Tate Gallery (1965), the Serpentine Gallery (1991) and the Tate Gallery Liverpool (1991).