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Born in Edinburgh, Paolozzi has achieved international acclaim. In the 1950s he became fascinated by popular culture and was a member of the Independent Group. This group, regarded as the founders of the Pop Art movement in the UK met on a regular basis between 1952 and 1955. They discussed a range of topics including new technology, popular culture and the mass media. Throughout his life Paolozzi collected material: extracts from magazines, newspapers, cartoons and labels. He used these fragments to create 'collage-like' images such as this print. "All human experience is one big collage". Elements in this print recur throughout Paolozzi's work, like robots, rockets, celebrities and toys. The combination of these motives create chaotic and energetic urban landscapes, inhabited by creatures recalling Science Fiction books and films. Through this Bash presents us with his imaginative vision of the future, our present.