Linear Motif in Black and White
© Victor Pasmore Estate

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Linear Motif in Black and White 1960 - 1961
Pasmore visited Ben Nicholson in St Ives in 1950, and soon afterwards followed Nicholson's example in making relief paintings. These reliefs relate to his work with architects and town-planners (he was a consultant architectural designer for the new town of Peterlee from 1955-77). Here, Pasmore takes painting into real, three-dimensional space and conceives the frame - and the space beyond it - as an integral part of the work.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.


A form of sculpture where the image or design projects from a flat surface types of which include, bas-relief or low relief.

Abstract art, Composition, Figurative art, Relief


  • Acc. No. GMA 834
  • Medium Oil and incised lines on boxed wood relief
  • Size 124.50 x 124.50 x 5.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased (Knapping Fund) 1963