British artist and architect Victor Pasmore pioneered the development of abstract art in Britain in the mid 20th century. He was born in Surrey in December 1908 and studied at Summer Fields School in Oxford and Harrow in West London. His first job was as an administrator at the London County Council. Whilst at this position, Pasmore studied painting at the Central School of Art in his spare time. Pasmore experimented with abstract art, after initially painting in a lyrical figurative style with images such as views of the River Thames from Hammersmith akin to Turner and Whistler. In 1934, clear influences of Monet and Cézanne could be seen in work Pasmore presented at one of his first exhibitions in the Zwemmer gallery in London.