Allen Jones

Biography

Allen Jones (b. 1937) is known for his work with painting, drawing, sculpture and lithography. He is part of the British pop art movement with an abstract expressionist style. He studied at the Royal College of Art, where R.B. Kitaj and David Hockney were his classmates. In 1963, he was awarded the Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the Paris Biennial.

He is most well known for his work that is characterized by sexual imagery, as well as exploring the relationship between males and females. His works often feature erotic figures that celebrate and satirize fetishes and BDSM practices.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Jones began to create paintings and prints which explored different types of visual languages. According to Jones, he wanted to, “kick over the traces of what was considered acceptable in art… [wanting] to find a new language for representation… to get away from the idea that figurative art was romantic, that it wasn’t tough.” Furthermore, Jones’ 1968 set of prints, Life Class, incorporated elements of sculpture. Each print was created in two halves – the bottom half being a realistic pair of women’s legs while the top half being a drawn graphic style that represents, “the secret face of British male desire in the gloomy post-war years.”