Eduardo Paolozzi

St Sebastian I

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About this artwork

Standing on two tubular legs and supporting a large head, St. Sebastian illustrates the importance of the human form in the work of Eduardo Paolozzi. The familiar shape, however, is heavily scarred by traces of man-made interference. The sculpture's surface is coarse and rough, incorporating scratches as well as impressions of gears, wheels and machines. On a different level, however, these marks are also proof of the intense craftsmanship of the production process: they are clear indication of the direct intervention of an artist. St. Sebastian was a martyr who was tied to a stake and shot through with arrows.

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Eduardo Paolozzi

Eduardo Paolozzi

Of Italian descent, Paolozzi was born in Leith near Edinburgh. He studied in Edinburgh and London and spent two years in Paris from 1947, where he produced enigmatic, bronze sculptures reminiscent of those by Giacometti. During the same period he made a series of dada and surrealist-inspired collages in which magazine advertisements, cartoons and machine parts are combined, thus anticipating the concerns of Pop Art. Alongside teaching at various art schools he developed his printmaking and sculpture. Paolozzi was particularly interested in the mass media and in science and technology.