Eduardo Paolozzi

Scottish
Eduardo Paolozzi Master of the Universe 1989 © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation. Licensed by DACS, London 2021

Biography

Born 1924
Died 2005
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Lothian

Of Italian descent, Paolozzi was born in Leith near Edinburgh. He studied in Edinburgh and London and spent two years in Paris from 1947, where he produced enigmatic, bronze sculptures reminiscent of those by Giacometti. During the same period he made a series of dada and surrealist-inspired collages in which magazine advertisements, cartoons and machine parts are combined, thus anticipating the concerns of Pop Art. Alongside teaching at various art schools he developed his printmaking and sculpture. Paolozzi was particularly interested in the mass media and in science and technology.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms

Collage

An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Exhibitions

Ended
Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi | I want to be a machine
  • Ended Sun 2 Jun 2019
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Ended
Cut and Paste | 400 Years of Collage
  • Ended Sun 27 Oct 2019
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art