Victor Pasmore, an Artist’s book review.

Victor Pasmore.

Victor Pasmore.

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.

7 thoughts on “Victor Pasmore, an Artist’s book review.

  1. Never heard of the artist before. Thanks I will have to read more on him & his work .. with the little bit of Google Image searching I just did I can certainly see why you enjoy his work. Look forward to chatting with you some time this summer when over a couple of fine dark ales. 🙂



  2. Pasmore is great and I agree with your thoughts.
    I have a chapter about him in my book “Artist-Teacher: A Philosophy for Creating and Teaching.”

    Here is a sample from Google books:


    • Thank you for your comments and link. Pasmore is an interesting, and great artist, and sadly little known in Canada. I would be interested in reading your book. Do you have review copies?


      • Delighted to find this blog. I was a student of Victor Pasmore (and Richard Hamilton) in the late 60’s and his particular vision has continued to form my way of seeing the world although I have gone in a number of directions.
        If you haven’t seen it already, Alastair Grieve’s book “Constructed Abstract Art in England after the Second World War: a neglected avant-garde, is an excellent overview to Pasmore and his circle.


      • Thanks for your comment. It must have been very interesting being a student of those two fine artists. I checked out your website and I was excited by your work! Great to make your acquaintance. Thank you for the book suggestion, I’ll have to look for it on Abe books.


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  4. Just read your post-I’m slowly(!) getting into this blog business.

    Yes it was exciting-but I am amused by the amount of “theorising” over method I have found in some writers commenting on the Pamore/Hamilton influence. The big advantage of studying in a UK university art school (as opposed to a Canadian univ) was the total dedication to studio work. Only two one hour lectures a week-and they were in art history.(So only two exams a year). The rest of the week was spent in studio with great artists. When I started teaching at URegina I worked out that in Newcastle I had more studio time in one semester than the Regina BFA students had in 4years. Pasmore’s group totalled about twelve students at different levels so the contact was quite intense. For me, that meant more than any “method” he may have had.


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