Godfather of Pop Art at Red House gallery

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By Weekend Editor Graham Chalmers

Harrogate’s ultra-cool RedHouse Originals art gallery has just announced details of an exhibition by the renowned Eduardo Paolozzi (1924 - 2005); the artist widely regarded as the original instigator of the Pop Art movement in Britain and the United States.

Eduardo Paolozzi: The Wizard in Toytown will feature graphic works on paper from across the artist’s career and will include original collages, unique lithographs and limited edition silkscreen prints.

It’s another coup for this gallery which has attracted personal visits in the past by the likes of Sir Peter Blake.

Gallery director Richard McTague said: “During his lifetime Paolozzi played a vital role in shaping art and popular culture as we know it, and his influence can still be felt today. We are honoured to bring this special collection to Yorkshire.”

Paolozzi was a founder member of the Independent Group; the collective of painters, sculptors, architects and writers who are considered the precursors to the Pop Art movement.

At the group’s first meeting the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1952, Paolozzi presented BUNK!; a mass of vibrant images he had collected from American magazines and re-assembled as scrapbook collages.

The series featured the seminal I was a Rich Man’s Plaything; an affectionate collage Paolozzi had created in 1947 and the first recorded artwork to include the word ‘Pop’.

In 1972 Paolozzi collated these images to form a series of 45 silkscreen prints laid to paper in the style of the original collages.

The BUNK! series is viewed as the artist’s farewell to the Pop movement and the complete set will feature in the Harrogate exhibition.

The exhibition at RedHouse will also feature examples of his printworks from 1965-2000.

The exhibition will run Saturday, April 6 to Saturday, May 4 at 15 Cheltenham Mount.