Victor Pasmore (1908-1998)
Painter, printmaker and relief-maker, born in Chelsham, Surrey. Owing to the death of his father he went straight into employment on leaving school as a clerk in the head office of the London County Council. He painted in his spare time and studied the Impressionists, and Cotman and Turner, among others, in the national collections. In 1932 Pasmore was elected into the London Artists' Association and 1934 into the London Group. In that same year, Pasmore showed in the Objective Abstraction exhibition at the Zwemmer Gallery attracting the attention of Kenneth Clark whose financial assistance allowed him to become a full-time painter. Experimentation with Post-Impressionism gave way to the quiet realism associated with the Euston Road School which he helped found in 1937. During the 1930's he also exhibited with the short-lived Twenties Group at the Lucy Wertheim Gallery and also at the similarly short-lived Storran Gallery. In 1942 he moved to Chiswick Mall where he painted river scenes partly inspired by Turner and Whistler. His post-war garden, river and park scenes are less romantic and reveal his search for an underlying geometry. He was both exhibitor and a judge at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition.