Thursday, 19 March 2015

Victor Pasmore: In Three Dimensions, The Hatton Gallery

Following on from last year's Basic Design exhibition, one of the exhibitions currently at The Hatton Gallery is Victor Pasmore: In Three Dimensions

'Bringing together fifteen works from the Arts Council Collection, as well as three loans from the British Council Collection this exhibition features the work of one of the most important British artists of the post-war period.

Charting Victor Pasmore's career as it evolved from early figurative paintings to abstraction, this exhibition reveals the sensitivity to form, balance and shape that runs through his work.

Over the course his long career, Pasmore’s art changed direction several times, moving from atmospheric views of the Thames in the 1940s to wholly abstract works in the 1950s and 60s. Early on he was associated with the Euston Road School and its search for an objective recording of visual reality. After a dramatic conversion to abstraction in 1948, he produced some of the most radically uncompromising paintings and reliefs of the period - a move which renowned critic Herbert Read described as ‘the most revolutionary event in post-war British art’.

I am fascinated by the notion of painting in the expanded field, the move away from two-dimensions and into three-dimensions, giving the audience a more active role in the viewing experience.

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