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.
|1949 Forms on a Bow|
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|
|Tottenham Court Road Underground station|
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 Philadelphia Print|
|1975 Perpetum Mobile|
|1975-6 Calcium Light Night, Four German Songs|
|2000 Turing 4 (Turing Suite)|