Study for Tottenham Court Road, 1985

  • Oil • Signed • 149cm
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    Eduardo Paolozzi
    Eduardo Paolozzi
    Scottish , 1924 - 2005
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    Born in Scotland to Italian parents, Paolozzi attended evening classes at the Edinburgh College of Art and studied at St. Martin’s School of Art, later transferring to London’s Slade School of Art, where he graduated in 1947. He moved to Paris for three years where he became involved in Dadaism and Surrealism. In 1950, Paolozzi returned to London, quickly becoming a leading member of the Independent Group.

    A significant member of the Group, Paolozzi greatly influenced the development of Pop Art. He emerged fully onto the Pop Art scene in 1962 with his abstract, robot-like figures such as Four Towers and Solo, but of all his work his screenprints are said to have had the largest impact on Pop Art. He taught all over the world as guest professor and lecturer, and was knighted in 1988. Eduardo Paolozzi died in 2005.
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    Signed and dated oil on melamine panel with screenprinted outline.

    A study for Tottenham Court Road tube station.

    It appears that Paolozzi drew the outlines on a small scale. These were then enlarged and transferred to screens before being printed on the panels. He then painted the colours in oil.


    During the 1970s and ‘80s London Regional Transport were modernising stations on the Underground system and as part of this scheme they commissioned the artist Eduardo Paolozzi to design mosaics to decorate Tottenham Court Road Station.

    Paolozzi said that when accepting the commission he:

    "thought always of the people who use the Tube…Will people relate to the metaphors I sought in connection with life above ground – cameras, music shops, saxophones, electronics? These are all in my designs, in addition to an Egyptian panel because of the British Museum in the neighbourhood, Turkish rhythms in memory of the all night Turkish bath formerly in the nearby Russell Hotel, and interpretations of architectural plans for the Architectural Association students passing these images on their way from digs every day… Always I tried to make a bridge, to contact people on a massive scale… My ‘alphabet’ of images for Tottenham Court Road reflects my interpretation of the past, present and future in the area.

    Paolozzi broadly seems to have accomplished what he set out to achieve at Tottenham Court Road. The eminent art critic Richard Cork considered the mosaics a tour-de-force whilst the artist Roger de Grey said of the scheme… it does indeed constitute a remarkable event in the development in public art in this country."

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    • MEDIUM Oil
    • DATE OF WORK 1985
    • HEIGHT (CM) 149
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