Artist
Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi
British artist

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Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi
British artist
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Birth Date

1924

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Born 7 March 1924 – Died 22 April 2005

Italian-Scottish, though nationalities don’t get hyphenated in the UK. The government nonetheless did stick him in an internment camp for being a ‘potential enemy alien’, along with all other men of Italian descent, and of course German and Austrian descent. Not surprisingly, Paolozzi had little affection for English politicians, which of course only made him more Scottish.

A compulsive forager, Paolozzi truly loved discarded junk and especially the kind found in dry docks and junkyards. He surrounded himself with the stuff and liked nothing better than welding and bolting bits and pieces together into a sci fi junky’s wet dream – eerie but touchingly vulnerable organic-machine humans. This well before the Lee Major’s Bionic Man and the current crop of Olympic blade runners.

Along with junk Paolozzi had a thing for popular culture and science. Towards the end of WWII he lived in Paris and gathered magazines from American ex-servicemen. Comics, film magazines and advertisements fueled his work. Today his work is considered a key lead-up to the 1950s Pop Art movement, the rebellious effort to turn everyday mass-produced objects into art.

On a visit to California in the 1960s he apparently avoided the art galleries and museums, slumming instead in Disneyland, Paramount Studios, University of California’s computer center, Stanford’s linear particle accelerator, a Douglas aircraft plant and a GM assembly line. Combing, taking apart, and recombining it all was his art.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Eduardo Paolozzi

Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi CBE RA (/pˈlɒtsi/,Italian: [paoˈlɔttsi]; 7 March 1924 – 22 April 2005) was a Scottish sculptor and artist. He is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of pop art.

Early years

Eduardo Paolozzi was born on 7 March 1924, in Leith in north Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the eldest son of Italian immigrants. In June 1940, when Italy declared war on the United Kingdom, Paolozzi was interned (along with most other Italian men in Britain). During his three-month internment at Saughton prison his father, grandfather and uncle, who had also been detained, were among the 446 Italians who drowned when the ship carrying them to Canada, the Arandora Star, was sunk by a German U-boat.

Paolozzi studied at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1943, briefly at Saint Martin's School of Art in 1944, and then at the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London from 1944 to 1947, after which he worked in Paris. While in Paris from 1947 to 1949, Paolozzi became acquainted with Alberto Giacometti, Jean Arp, Constantin Brâncuși, Georges Braque and Fernand Léger. This period became an important influence for his later work. For example, the influence of Giacometti and many of the original Surrealists he met in Paris can be felt in the group of lost-wax sculptures made by Paolozzi in the mid-1950s. Their surfaces, studded with found objects and machine parts, were to gain him recognition.

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