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Relief construction in white, black, maroon and ochre



Victor Pasmore


03 Dec 1908 - 23 Jan 1998


'Relief construction in white, black, maroon and ochre' is from a series of reliefs made between 1954-58. Pasmore made the original rough model for this work in 1956-57 but it was not made up until just before the 1961 New London Gallery exhibition. Early reliefs were made by Pasmore himself but later works were made by a joiner, working from a maquette and then painted by Pasmore.

This series was begun at a time when Pasmore was collaborating with architects in the design of housing for the south west area of the new town of Peterlee, County Durham. Works from this period can be related to the town's plans and show early architectural concerns, which later became fluid town-planning.


Other Title

Abstract in white, black, maroon and ochre



Media category

Mixed media painting

Materials used

ochre and synthetic polymer paint on wood


68.5 x 73.5 cm board; 104.0 x 104.0 cm backboard; 108.5 x 108.5 x 12.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed c. verso frame, black paint "VP". Not dated.


Purchased 1967


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Victor Pasmore

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


New London Gallery, Mar 1961, London/England

K.A. Wood, Mar 1961-24 Feb 1967, Purchased by the AGNSW from KA Wood 1967. Purchased by KA Wood from the New London Gallery, March 1961, on loan to AGNSW from March 1961.

Referenced in 8 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 59 (colour illus.).

Sir Alan Bowness and Luigi Lambertini, Victor Pasmore: with a catalogue raisonne of the paintings, constructions and graphics, 1926-1979, London, 1980, 104 (illus.). 197 as 'Abstract in white, black, maroon and ochre'

Ronald Davey, Victor Pasmore 1958-1960, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1960, (illus.). pl. 12

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 146 (illus.).

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 144. 1714

New London Gallery, Recent paintings and constructions by Victor Pasmore, London, 1961. 26

Tate Britain, Victor Pasmore retrospective exhibition 1925-1965, London, 1965, (illus.). pl. 45, 129

1967 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1967. 49