Eduardo Paolozzi and François Schuiten

I wanted to have a quick look at two of the artists mentioned in our VFX class; I really liked the look of François Schuiten’s artwork, even though I’d never heard of him or Eduardo Paolozzi.

Eduardo Paolozzi

He was a Scottish artist primarily known for his sculptures – he seemed to be one of the pioneers of pop art starting in the 1950s. Meanwhile, he actually described his own work as surrealist. He had a long career teaching art at various institutes, as well, spanning from Germany to America and many other places in between.

Towards the middle of his career, in the 60s and 70s, he created man-machine artwork inspired from popular science books – this seemed to be a running theme throughout his work, before and after this, where he showed industrial constructs in a cubist manner.

The nice part about his career was the recognition he received throughout his lifetime. He achieved the job of Her Majesty’s Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland in 1986. Then, in 1989, he was knighted by the Queen. Meanwhile, his death is poetically sad: in 2001 he suffered a stroke that left him wheelchair bound for the remainder of his life. He passed away in 2005.

François Schuiten

He’s a Belgian comic book artist best known for his Les Cités Obscures series – he created it with his writer friend Benoît Peeters. The premise of the series is that humans live on the fictional world called Counter-Earth in “independent city-states, each of which has developed a distinct civilisation, each characterised by a distinctive architectural style”. Interestingly, the publisher stopped the series in 2008 and the editions went out of print, but in 2013 there was a successful Kickstarter campaign funded a complete English edition of volume 6 in the series. After its success, they planned to re-release the rest of the series and the rest of Schuiten/Peeters’ material.

His love of unique architecture and urban settings is pretty apparent throughout most of his work. On top of that, he’s said he is inspired by artists and scientists alike; brilliant minds such as Jules Verne and M.C. Escher. He’s collaborated with dozens of talented individuals to create computer graphics and production designers for a number of movies. It’s interesting to see what he’s had a hand in when I hadn’t even realised it. Overall, I really do love the look of his work – it’s rare for me to say, but it’s the sort of art I would gladly love prints of to hang up on my wall.

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