Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A man of parts

Following my visit to the New Brutalist Image display and sight of the sculpture Forms on a Bow (seen above) a few days ago in Tate Britain, yesterday I made a quick visit to an interesting display of Eduardo Paolozzi's collages and screenprints.  I have been attracted to Paolozzi's work since I was young enough to know that although I wasn't sure what it was about, I wanted to see and know more.  He came to my attention first as an artist from Edinburgh, and then it was through seeing Paolozzi's examples that I became interested in collage, printmaking, the processes involved in bronze sculpture, and even tapestry weaving. 
The Whitworth Tapestry, designed by Paolozzi, and woven at Dovecote Studios (picture from here)
Wittgenstein at the Cinema Admires Betty Grable screenprint (picture from here)
Wittgenstein in New York screenprint (picture from here)
It was also through Paolozzi's work rather than the university philosophy department that I first encountered Wittgenstein!
His work has kept popping up through my life, and almost always instantly recognisable it raises a smile when I encounter them.  There is an interesting article here on how despite examples of his work are widespread in many of our art and cultural institutions (such as in the Whitworth, the V&A as well as Tate, as seen above), his worth is generally underrated.
Cyclops bronze (picture from here)
There are some photographs here by Nigel Henderson, with whom he formed Hammer Prints.


  1. I, too, find Paolozzi's work fascinating, Olga. I am more familiar with his sculptures though, so was very pleased to see the screenprints and tapestry in your post.

  2. Yes, Eirene, although serious about his work, I always think of fun when I see examples of it.