Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, until 13 October 2013
This major retrospective of the work of Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005), one of the most inventive and prolific of the British artists to come to prominence after the Second World War, features around 150 works in a variety of media. The exhibition explores the extraordinary versatility of Paolozzi’s approach to making art and the central importance of collage as a working process within his career, not only in the traditional sense of paper collage, but also in terms of sculptural assemblage, printmaking and filmmaking.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi RA (1924 – 2005) was one of the most inventive British artists to come to prominence after the Second World War. Although best known as a sculptor, he worked in an extensive variety of materials including ceramics, collage, drawing, film, jewellery, printmaking, textiles, and even the decoration of Tottenham Court Road Underground station.
This retrospective explores the central importance of collage as both a working process and an approach to bringing together disparate sources of inspiration, from Paolozzi’s iconic images cut from the pages of American magazines, to his robotic sculptures expressing man’s relationship with technology. It features over 150 works from across his career, including early sculptures influenced by continental Surrealism, his textiles for Hammer Prints Ltd. and Horrockses Fashions in the 1950s, his innovative screenprints that made an important contribution to British Pop Art, ceramics designed for Wedgwood and Rosenthal, and maquettes for his later public commissions.
The exhibition features loans from a range of private and public collections including Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection and Tate, and draws upon Pallant House Gallery’s substantial collection of the artist’s work, much of which was donated by the artist’s lifelong friend and patron the architect Colin St John Wilson.