Together Design creates Eduardo Paolozzi book

Together Design has created a book on artist Eduardo Paolozzi to accompany the retrospective of his work opening at Pallant House Gallery this weekend.

Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture book cover
Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture book cover

The consultancy speculatively approached the gallery around three years ago. It was then contacted for this project earlier this year, and worked on the book for four weeks.

Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture book spread
Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture book spread

Heidi Lightfoot, founder and creative director of Together Design, says, ‘Paolozzi is probably my favourite artist of all time, so when we were asked I jumped at the chance.’

The consultancy says it was inspired by the ‘vibrancy’ of Paolozzi’s work, with pages of full bleed saturated colour at the start of each chapter.

Eduardo Paolozzi, Target, 1947, ink and collage on paper, Pallant House Gallery, Wilson Gift through The Art Fund © The Trustees of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation
Eduardo Paolozzi, Target, 1947, ink and collage on paper, Pallant House Gallery, Wilson Gift through The Art Fund © The Trustees of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation

Lightfoot says, ‘The main thing was to get a careful balance between wanting to showcase the imagery and the dazzling work but also give breathing space to the text

‘There are some pages where the text is the hero and others where it’s all about big, wonderful imagery. It’s a very comprehensive catalogue of the artist’s work so we had to carefully navigate between the different styles and periods.’

Eduardo Paolozzi, Wittgenstein in New York from 'As is When', 1965, Screenprint on paper, Pallant House Gallery © The Trustees of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation
Eduardo Paolozzi, Wittgenstein in New York from ‘As is When’, 1965, Screenprint on paper, Pallant House Gallery © The Trustees of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation

Harriet Judd, head of commercial services and audience development at Pallant House Gallery, says, ‘The exhibition itself is a sort of collage: it is about bringing together all parts of Paolozzi’s work, from his well-known pop screen prints, to the public commissions like the murals at Tottenham Court Road tube station in London, to the lesser known designs for fabrics and ceramics as well as his early forays into collage.

‘The challenge for this publication, was how to synthesise all of those disparate parts into one cohesive form which bridged the early and later work, the pop prints with the bronze sculptures etc.’

Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture book spread
Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture book spread

The exhibition opens tomorrow.

Eduardo Paolozzi, Refreshing and Delicious, 1949, Collage on paper, The Sherwin Collection © The Trustees of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation
Eduardo Paolozzi, Refreshing and Delicious, 1949, Collage on paper, The Sherwin Collection © The Trustees of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation

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