ARTIST RESEARCH- Eduardo Paolozzi

At the break of the war, he was classed as an enemy alien, leading to his incarceration and resulted in contempt of British politicians. So may have been influential in his design, but that is only supposition on my part.

Having studied the old masters, he preferred tribal art. He was heavily influenced by Picasso, which is plain to see in the cubist collages he created which are energetic and almost primeval.

Edwardi Paolozzi is an artist that uses sculpture, collage and print to create his art. He fundamentally used machine parts to make impressions cast into wax maquettes and then into Bronze, but altered later to incorporate Aluminium in his work.

Further, in his career, he used wood reliefs with natural forms and geometric patterns.

Eduardo Paolozi, Apicella Relief, 1981, Wood and resin construction, Private Collection, London|© The Trustees of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation

The wood relief above is very complex, with careful placement of blocks. The colour is determined by the wood and appears darker in areas, due to different levels of depth. The way in which the blocks are laid make the eye move over the design to different areas of interest. I am not sure what he is trying to convey here, but it shows a meticulous attention to detail.

It is obvious where his interest lies with the love of collage, which is shown in his sculpture Vulcan.

Vulcan, stainless steel sculpture, Artist: Eduardo Paolozzi RA
This sculpture is quite innovative for the time it was created, one because of its futuristic nature and mechanical look. His giant statues are a patchwork of metal work and there is a connection between how this is sculpted and collage, which works extremely well. The stainless steel is bent to fit the armature and this causes a colour change. This is further enhanced by the shine of the metal. This stunning piece of art is awe inspiring and I like the idea of using collage techniques, which is similar to mosaics, which I have done before.

Conceptual art concentrates on the idea behind the art and its meaning. Eduardo rejected post-conceptual contemporary art and wanted to change the way his art was perceived. I have yet to grasp this concept and the ideas behind it. This theory is a little difficult to understand, but looking at his work, which is personal to him, doesn’t really convey a message, as some art does. It goes back to the way I thought during the first part of my course, where  I create art just because I do. But i think, he was just push the boundaries of what art should be and what art could be. This is only messy opinion and I may be totally wrong, in my assumption.



Author: huggywitch

I have been doing textiles for a number of years and recently started my degree. I have always had an interest in theatre costume design and this is where my passion lie.

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