Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) was one of the pioneers of the pop art movement in the UK. Born in Scotland, Paolozzi was a compulsive collector and a jumbler of icons. The artist, who described himself as ‘a wizard in Toytown’, transformed the mundane, the derelict and the mass-produced into images that zap with electric eclecticism and impress with their graphic complexity. ‘Carrots into pomegranates!’
Paolozzi’s canny alchemy is vividly apparent in General Dynamic F.U.N, a series of fifty screenprints and photolithographs created between 1965 and 1970. Paolozzi was introduced to screen printing by the artist and former Letchworth resident Gordon House who championed the technique as a Fine Art medium, and whose work was exhibited at Broadway Gallery in early 2018. In the series, Paolozzi employs the technologies of mass-reproduction and gorges on its idols – the household names and familiar faces of consumer advertising, high fashion and Hollywood. For Paolozzi, the modern age, exposed as ephemera, is a necessarily fragmented collision of visual stimulus and influence, and his work is a ‘health warning for an uncreative and thriftless society’.
Hayward Gallery Touring at Southbank Centre is a contemporary art organisation producing exhibitions that tour to galleries, museums and other publically-funded venues throughout Britain. Funded by Arts Council England, Hayward Gallery Touring collaborates with artists, independent curators, writers and partner institutions to develop imaginative exhibitions that are seen by up to half a million people in over forty five cities and towns each year.
A Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre, London.