Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler and Jenna Burlingham Fine Art host the first exhibition in fifty years of paintings by Wendy Pasmore (1915-2015), including a group of works that have never been seen by the public and others not seen for more than fifty years.
Wendy was a trained artist, having solo shows in London in the mid 1960s, and wife of the key twentieth-century British artist Victor Pasmore, who is recognised as one of the pioneers of Modernism and abstract art in Britain.
On display will be twenty paintings and collages, as well as a number of editioned original prints produced by Wendy during her career. The majority of these are abstract in nature, including a group from Wendy’s ‘Linear Motifs’ from the same series as the Tate Collection’s ‘Linear Motif’ 1961. The paintings from this period can be seen as post-Cubist experiments with the fracturing of forms, also explored by Victor and the other Constructivists, with Wendy preferring the use of a tonal palette. Other works, with their clusters of small marks across the picture surface, recall the Little Image paintings of Lee Krasner, a strong influence on Wendy’s early work. In her later years as an artist, Wendy turned to paper collage and developed loose calligraphic mark-making, somewhat influenced by the interest in Japanese art that she shared with her husband.
Pasmore and her husband also built a strong connection to Malta, where the couple had a house for over thirty years and the Victor Pasmore Museum, a project with the Central Bank of Malta in Valletta, is based. The couple first visited in 1965 on their return from the Venice Biennale and immediately fell for the island.
The exhibition will be held at Jenna Burlingham Fine Art in Kingsclere, Hampshire (6-10 November 2018) before moving to Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s showroom on Pimlico Road, London (13-23 November 2018).
Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, 2a George Street, Kingsclere, Hampshire, RG20 5NQ and Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, 89-91 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8PH