Eduardo Paolozzi was a Scottish artist and prominent influence on what became the Pop Art movement. Fascinated by modern machines and technology, he produced graphic art, pottery, mosaics, sculptures and collages made from magazines and other found objects.
Paolozzi started collecting images from American publications and pasting them into scrapbooks when he was a child. It was not, however, just the suggestion of material well-being which attracted Paolozzi to these images. He was equally struck by their artistic value and their status as the new iconography of the modern world.
Collage remained central to Paolozzi's methods, both as printmaker and sculptor, for the rest of his career. Everything he created began as an accumulation of unrelated images culled from a wide variety of sources which, when rearranged, achieved a new and surprising unity.
Crucially, he came to embrace technology rather than perceiving it as a demon to be feared, and wrote and lectured extensively on how popular culture and science should inform art.