Paolozzi is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of pop art and this exhibition, curated by Goldmark Gallery, will feature the full range of his print work including many signed pieces.
All work on display will be available to buy and entry is free. Babylon ARTS is at Waterside, Ely, Cambs CB7 4AU and the gallery is open from Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon to 4pm.
Edwardo Paolozzi, is one half of our Christmas Exhibition, which also includes Pictarama, Lego 'still-life' scenes from artist Sara Amond. All works are for sale.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi ( 1924 – 2005 ) – Sculptor & Printmaker
Although his parents were both Italian Eduardo Paolozzi was born at Leith near Edinburgh and initially he studied at Edinburgh College of Art. He moved to the Slade School in London and whilst there fully discovered the range of Picasso’s work which was to have a profound influence upon his own art.
In the late 1940s Paolozzi moved to Paris and amongst the artists he met were Brancusi, Braque and Giacometti. He also became deeply interested in Surrealism and Dada and from the latter he adapted photomontage by producing collages made from cuttings taken from magazine advertisements and the like. These collages are now regarded as early examples of Pop art.
Returning to London in 1949 Paolozzi shared a studio briefly with Lucian Freud and became acquainted with Francis Bacon. He taught at the Central School of Art until 1955 and whilst there produced silkscreen prints based on cut-outs from drawings rearranged to resemble American abstract expressionist paintings. In his prints Paolozzi often mixed human body parts with mechanical pieces from machines to create robot like figures.
During the 1960s Paolozzi continued to produce screenprints , often in series, such as the set of 12 called As is When based on the life of the philosopher Wittgenstein. His screenprints were eclectic often combining abstract and figurative elements together with pieces of text and mechanical parts. The well-known art critic Frank Whitford has stated that … he ( Paolozzi ) was a highly original printmaker some of whose collage – based silkscreened images are amongst the finest examples of Pop art – the style he was instrumental in shaping.
From 1977 to 1994 Paolozzi was a professor in Germany, firstly in Cologne and latterly, for thirteen years, in Munich. He seems to have felt at that time that he was more appreciated in Germany by both academics and collectors but he did retain a part-time teaching post at the Royal College of Art. He received public commissions for his sculpture in Germany and increasingly in Britain. In London his better known works include Piscator ( 1981 ) at Euston Station and Newton ( 1997 ) at the British Library. His large mosaic for the platform at Tottenham Court Road Tube Station ( 1980-82 ) is of course seen by thousands of people everyday.
Official recognition came to Paolozzi when he was made a C.B.E. in 1968, appointed a Royal Academician in 1978 and knighted in 1989. In 1994 Paolozzi presented a large cross-section of his work to the National Galleries of Scotland and his work is represented in many other public collections at home and abroad.
Tragically Paolozzi’s later years were spent in a nursing home as he was unable to speak and was paralysed from the waist down. He died on the 22nd April 2005.