Sir Eduardo Paolozzi was a Scottish sculptor, and is often considered a pioneer in the field of Pop Art. Eduardo Paolozzi was born in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland in the year 1924. He was the oldest son. The artist’s parents had emigrated from Italy.
In 1940, after Italy declared war on Britain, Paolozzi was sent to an internment camp. Whilst he was detained his father and grandfather were drowned by a German boat as they were being sent on a ship to Canada.
In this clip we catch up with our friend James Kalm to view an exhibition of works by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi:
Paolozzi would eventually attend the Edinburgh College of Art, Saint Martin’s School of Art, and the Slade School of Fine Art.
The artist lived in Paris, France for a period of time and he was influenced by artists including Alberto Giacometti and Fernand Leger.
Paolozzi’s work titled “I was a rich man’s plaything” is considered the earliest work in the Pop Art style and first to include the word “pop” in print.
The artist worked in many mediums including film, printmaking, collage, painting, and sculpture.
Paolozzi was elected to the Royal Academy of Art in 1979.
Eduardo Paolozzi passed away in 2005.
Price range information: Works range from prints starting at $1,000 to original bronze works reaching as high as $200,000.
Paolozzi had a brilliant and creative mind. The fact that he experimented with so many different mediums showed that he never stopped learning new ideas.