From April 1961 to March 1962 Stuart was awarded a scholarship at the chief Hamburg Art School, under Eduardo Paolozzi, who was doing a year as visiting professor and who is considered one of the fathers of Pop Art. He took a keen interest in Sutcliffe and recalled: “He had so much energy and was so very inventive.
The feeling of potential just splashed out from him. He had the right kind of sensibility and arrogance to succeed.” Later he wrote, “My report is that Sutcliffe is very gifted and very intelligent. In the meantime he has become one of my best students.”