Victor Pasmore began his education in 1923 at Harrow where he studied traditional academic painting. In 1927 he attended the Central School of Art and soon after graduation was elected to the London Artists' Association. At this point Pasmore was mostly painting still lifes executed in a highly coloured Fauvist style. In 1923 he joined The London Group, where he became increasingly interested in abstraction.

After World War Two, Pasmore executed a series of abstract relief paintings and sculptures along with fellow artists Kenneth Martin and Robert Adams. In the 1950s he spent time in St Ives and the influence of fellow artists working there such as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth can be clearly seen in his work. 

In the 1960s, chromatic value became a priority in his work and Pasmore is credited with having introduced the Bauhaus teaching method into English art education. Pasmore was made a Companion of Honour in 1981 and was elected RA in 1984. In later life he shared his time between Gudja, Malta and London. From abstraction to figuration and back again, Pasmore's work can be seen as organic, chromatic, romantic, expressive and geometric.