Victor Pasmore is regarded as one of the most prominent leading figures in the modern art movement of the 20th century both locally and internationally. During the three decades he spent living in Malta, Pasmore underwent an artistically experimental phase, during which he produced some of his most notable work.

The artwork he created during this period will be exhibited during The Eye and the Symbol –The Permanent Collection Exhibition, at the Victor Pasmore Gallery at APS House, St Paul Street, Valletta. An array of never-seen-before artworks and familiar ones will be showcased during this exhibition, taking viewers on a journey that examines Pasmore’s relationship with the Maltese islands through the various characteristics, mediums and materials he utilised during the final three decades of his life

Pasmore tirelessly sought to present his art as a creation that was not restricted by a sense of place and time, however, it’s possible that being so close to Malta’s primitive and ancient past may have subconsciously awakened untapped aspects in the artist’s mind, creating aquasi-nostalgic abstraction of place, space and time within Pasmore’s later work.

His move to Malta in 1966 resulted in Pasmore and his wife, Wendy choosing the secluded village of Gudja as their permanent residence. This provided Pasmore with the closed confines he craved to develop new art forms and rediscover light and colour. While living in Malta, Pasmore used the many hardware stores around the island from which he regularly sourced materials to create his abstract works.

“What, perhaps, is relevant to my new painting in Malta is that the close and constant proximity of the ancient, mythological and Neolithic past has reinforced my orientation from the physics of art to its biological and psychological content.”

Victor Pasmore

The Permanent Collection

Photography by Lisa Attard