Art Term

Constructionism

Constructionism was an extension of constructivism in Britain from about 1950, with artists using naturally occurring proportional systems and rhythms to underpin their geometrical art

Victor Pasmore, ‘Square Motif, Blue and Gold: The Eclipse’ 1950
Victor Pasmore
Square Motif, Blue and Gold: The Eclipse 1950
Tate
© Tate
Kenneth Martin, ‘Small Screw Mobile’ 1953
Kenneth Martin
Small Screw Mobile 1953
Tate
© The estate of Kenneth Martin
Anthony Hill, ‘Orthogonal / Diagonal Composition’ 1954
Anthony Hill
Orthogonal / Diagonal Composition 1954
Tate
© Anthony Hill

Victor Pasmore, Kenneth Martin, Mary Martin and Anthony Hill are the key figures associated with the movement. They were inspired by the theories of the American artist Charles Biederman and explored the legacy of the ‘constructive art’ made in the 1930s by Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, whose contribution to the Russian constructivism was exemplary.

Anthony Hill insisted on using the term constructionism for the British phenomenon, but constructivism is more commonly used.