ART and Exhibitions

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The art of extremes

VICTOR PASMORE was an amazing man. As an artist he went from one extreme to the other, from formal figurative art to severely abstract art.

You can see Pasmore's development, stage by stage, at the Tate collection exhibition now on show at the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre, in Coventry.

The transition is fascinating, from a traditional style of intimate cafe scenes, nudes and pictures of the Thames to collage, abstracts in red and mustard, or grey and ochre, through to "constructivism" and the making of reliefs.

Much of his later work I dislike - things like his linear motifs, white panels with a series of lines "rhythmically distributed" - or his reliefs, chunky works, mainly in black and white, which I find joyless.

But Pasmore was immensely skilled and talented and you have to admire his adventurous spirit.

This is the first major presentation of Victor Pasmore's work since his death in 1998. There are more than 40 paintings, prints and relief works spanning 70 years. It's an exhibition well worth seeing.

Alongside the main exhibition is a small study exhibition Changing the Process of Art Education. It shows how Pasmore taught his students using point, line, colour, shape, area division, construction and volume. …