Victor Pasmore is, I would say, a little-known artist in Canada, and until recently I found it hard to find any publications concerning this British artist. In 2010 Tate Publishing brought out this beautiful publication edited by Alastair Grieve, and entitled Victor Pasmore: Writings and Interviews, and this book explores the artist’s career through his own writings and interviews. It is a lavishly illustrated volume covering his work from his earliest beginnings through to his mature career as a painter, sculptor, print maker, town planner, and educator. I found it informative and readable, and I enjoyed the great illustrations.
I have to be honest and say that though I admire and like his work, Pasmore is an artist I’ve always found puzzling and sometimes troubling. I really don’t care for much of his early representational work, and many of his constructed reliefs seem to me very dated and dull. It is Pasmore’s work as an abstract painter and print maker that I most admire, and his painting “A Tree Full of Birds” (page 107) is an example that I would place among his best.