Exhibition by ‘wizard of Toytown’

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Screen-prints by the “wizard of Toytown” are going on show in Barton-upon-Humber.

The Ropewalk gallery is hosting a new Hayward Touring exhibition of screen-prints by Eduardo Paolozzi as part of a national tour. The Scottish sculptor and artist, who died in 2005, was a major figure in the international art world.

General Dynamic F.U.N., which opens on Saturday, September 10, is a series of 50 screen-prints and photolithographs which were created between 1965 and 1970. Paolozzi employs the technologies of mass-reproduction and gorges on its idols – the household names and familiar faces of consumer advertising, high fashion and Hollywood.

The artist’s friend and sometime collaborator, J.G. Ballard, described General Dynamic F.U.N. as a “unique guidebook to the electric garden of our minds”.

Ropewalk’s Exhibition’s Officer Richard Hatfield said: “It’s not surprising that he described himself as ‘a wizard in Toytown’ as he transformed the mundane, the derelict and the mass produced into images that zap with electric eclecticism and impress with their graphic complexity.”

The exhibition is open daily until October 9 and admission is free.

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