After Paris, he moved back to London eventually establishing his studio in Chelsea. The studio was a workshop filled with hundreds of found objects, models, sculptures, materials, tools, toys and stacks of books. Paolozzi was interested in everything and would use a variety of objects and materials in his work, particularly his collages. Largely a surrealist, Paolozzi came to public attention in the 1950s by producing a range of striking screenprints and ‘Art Brut’ sculpture.
Paolozzi's I was a Rich Man's Plaything (1947) is considered the first standard bearer of Pop Art and first to display the word ‘pop’. Paolozzi showed the collage in 1952 as part of his groundbreaking Bunk! series presentation at the initial Independent Group meeting in London.
|1947 I was a Rich Man's Plaything|
He taught sculpture and ceramics at a number of institutions, including University of California, Berkeley in 1968, and at the Royal College of Art. Paolozzi has a long association with Germany, having worked in Berlin from 1974 as part of the Artists Exchange Scheme. He was a professor at the Fachhochschule in Cologne from 1977 to 1981, and later taught sculpture at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. Paolozzi was fond of Munich and many of his works and concept plans were developed in a studio he kept there, including the mosaics of the Tottenham Court Road Station in London.
In 2001 Paolozzi suffered a near-fatal stroke. The illness confined him to a wheelchair, and he died in a hospital in London in April 2005.
|1947 Lessons of Last Time|
|1948 Dr Pepper|
|1949 Real Gold|
|1950 [Bunk] Real Gold|
|1952 Was this Metal Monster Master - or Slave?|
|1960-62 A Folio of 9 Designs|
|1963-4 Conjectures to Identity|
|1965 Wittgenstein in New York|
|1969-70 Multi Chanel Prototype|
|1970 Mr Peanut|
|1971 B.A.S.H. pink|
|1971 Bunk 2|
|1971 Philadelphia Print|
|1975 Perpetum Mobile|
|1975-6 Calcium Light Night, Four German Songs|
|2000 Turing 4 (Turing Suite)|