“Allen Jones was a Duchampian before the Hirst generation were even born. His art is an icy joke about the power of desire: it pays homage to Duchamp’s ironic view of human culture as a masturbatory machine.” – Jonathan Jones, Guardian, October, 2013
Allen Jones is a controversial Britain Pop artist, best known for his sculptures, paintings and prints. His unconventional, satirical and boldly inventive work was anchored in popular culture and embraced a wide range of new subject-matters and materials. Jones’ aesthetic centers on glamour and beautiful women, often visualizing stereotypes as in advertisements, magazines or cartoon strips. His most famous works Hatstand, Table and Chair, are fibreglass “fetish” mannequins that depict women as furniture. The so-called forniphilic series rocketed Allen Jones to fame, whilst making him an enemy to feminists. Enabled by consummate painting skills, Jones’s work fluctuates between sculpture and painting. His three-dimensional works are painterly, whilst his painted forms appear sculptural. In 1979 a touring retrospective opened at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and toured to London’s Serpentine Gallery, Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Another retrospective was held at the Royal Academy in London in 2015, where he is now a Senior Academician. His work has toured all around the world and is held by numerous museum collections, including the British Museum, Tate, and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Jones was born 1937 in Southampton, UK, and currently lives in London.