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1908
Born December 3 in Chelsham, Surrey, England, son of Dr, Edwin S. Pasmore, a well-known physician and mental specialist, and Gertrude Pasmore, an amateur painter.
 
 
Educated at Harrow School, where he first became seriously interested in painting and was introduced to the work and theories of the French Impressionists and British watercolourists. Discovered Turner's late works at the Tate Gallery, London.
1922-26
Painted in his spare time and rented his first studio in Devonshire Street where he attended evening classes at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and studied under A.S. Hartrick who had worked in France and knew Van Gogh. Pasmore expected to go to Oxford and later to the Slade School of Art, which was then under the influence of the Bloomsbury Group. But following the sudden death of his father, moved to London and took up employment as a clerk in the Public Health Department of the London County Council until 1937.
1927-37
 
Discovers the revolutionary School of Paris and paints under varied influences ranging from Gauguin and Van Gogh, Rousseau and Modigliani to Matisse, Braque and Picasso. Discovers also oriental art and the Japanese Print.
1929
     
1933

Elected a member of the London Artists' Association headed by Roger Fry and Duncan Grant. Met William Coldstream and Claude Rogers at St Martin's.

Had his first one-person show at the Association's Cooling Galleries on Bond Street.

 
1937
Dissatisfied with fauvist, cubist and abstract experiments in visual representation he founds a school at 12 Fitzroy Street on 4 October with Claude Rogers, Graham Bell, and William Coldstream.
 
1938
The school's first show, 15 paintings of London, held at the Storran Gallery, coincided with its move from Fitzroy Street to 316 Euston Road, which led the art critic Raymond Mortimer to identify them as the Euston Road Group. Met Kenneth Clarke through the Bloomsbury Group, which supported the new school and left his clerical job by means of Clark's patronage and support.
Moved to a studio at 8 Fitzroy Street, formerly occupied by Sickert and Whistler, and devoted his time to teaching and painting.
 
   
Married the painter Wendy Blood, the subject of many of Pasmore's paintings. Moved to Ebury Street.
One-person exhibition at the Wildenstein Gallery on Bond Street.
1940
Son, John Henry, born 15 October.
1941
Daughter, Mary Ellen, born 28 November.
1943
Director of Painting at Camberwell School of Art, London.
1943-49
Visited the Picasso-Matisse exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which confirmed the necessity for modern art and at the same time revealed the crisis in modern painting.
1945-46
Moves to Blackheath, London, where he abandons visual representation in painting and begins to experiment in purely abstract form based on cubist collages and geometric figures.
1947
Read Kandinsky, Mondrian and Arp. Klee became the principle influence at this time.
1947-48
Exhibited his first abstract paintings at the London Group and in a one-person show at the Redfern Gallery.
1948
Left Camberwell School to teach at the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts, headed by William Johnstone, who had introduced a foundation course after the Bauhaus model.
1949
     
1950
Visited St Ives, Cornwall, in the summer where he became associated with Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. Joined the Penwyth Society, the local exhibiting group.
 
1952-53
Experimented with abstract reliefs in a deliberately impersonal manner.
 
1953
Appointed Head of the Department of Painting at King's College, Durham University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Established "The Developing Process", a course of studies in "Basic Form" within the department of painting and sculpture.
Introduced the foundation course at the summer school at Scarborough, Yorkshire run by the Leeds College, assisted by Harry Thubron and Tom Hudson.
Retrospective of works from 1944-54 organized by Lawrence Alloway at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London.
 
1954
Appointed Consulting Director of Urban Design for the South West Area, Peterlee New Town in Country Durham. Retrospective show of works from 1926 to 1954 at the Arts Council Gallery, Cambridge.
 
1959
Awarded the C.B.E.
Edited The Developing Process, published by the Department of Fine Arts, Durham University, on the occasion of the exhibition of "basic form" for art teaching, shown at the Hatton Gallery and the ICA, London.
Included in the 5th International Art Exhibition, Tokyo and the section of "Art since 1945" for Documenta II, Kassel, West Germany.
 
   
Represented Britain at the XXX Venice Biennale with a retrospective exhibition which later travelled throughout Europe.
1960
Left Newcastle University and returned to Blackheath to paint full-time. Joined Marlborough Gallery, London.
1961
Included in two travelling exhibitions: Premio Marzotto, in Europe and British Art Today, in the USA.
1962-63
Appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery.
1963-64
Began working in Graphics first with Kelpra Studios in London and later with 2 RC Workshop in Rome.
1964
Retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery.
Represented Britain at the VIII Sao Paulo Biennale. Show later travelled through South America.
One-person exhibitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Joined the Galleria Lorenzelli, Milan.
1965
Moved to Malta where he acquired a house and studio.
1966
First one-person show in New York at Marlborough-Gerson Gallery.
Lectured at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1967
     
1970
Designed the "Pavilion", at Peterlee New Town, a concrete structure synthesizing the abstract elements of architecture, sculpture and painting.
One-person exhibition at the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
 
1972 Video: The Image in Search of Itself, produced by John Pasmore.  
1973 One-person exhibition at the Villers Pty., Paddington, Australia.  
1974 Exhibition of Graphics at the Galleria 2RC, Rome.  
1975 Exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta.  
1976 Grand Prix d'Honneur at the International Graphics Biennale, Ljubljana.  
   
Thames & Hudson, London, and Rizzoli, New York, publish catalogue raisonné of works 1926-1979.
1980
Exhibition at Amano Gallery, Osaka, Japan.
1981
Made Companion of Honour. 1982
Commissioned to design the stage for a new ballet "Apollo" at the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden.
Elected Royal Academician and received the Charles Wollaston Award.
1983
Awarded Honorary degrees from the Royal College of Art and the University of Warwick.
Exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Calais.
1985
     
1990 Selects The Artist's Eye exhibition at the National Gallery, London.  
1991 Retrospective exhibition at Serpentine Gallery, London.  
1991 Lund Humphries, London, publish catalogue raisonné of works 1980-1992  
1998 Dies 23rd January, Malta.
Memorial group of works shown during the Royal Academy's 230th Summer Exhibition.
 
1999 Memorial Retrospective, Marlborough Fine Art, London.  
1999 Changing The Process of Painting - Tate Gallery, Liverpool  
     
Early Prints & Constructions - Marlborough Fine Art, London
2004

 



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