Allen Jones was born in 1937 in Southampton, England. He studied painting and lithography at Hornsey College of Art, London before enrolling at the Royal College of Art. In 1963 Jones received the Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the Paris Biennale, and in 1986 he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts. From 1990 – 99 he was a trustee of the British Museum, London.
Allen Jones established himself as a controversial Pop artist during the 1960s. He is best known for his steel sculptures, paintings and prints incorporating female figures. His sexually charged early works, with their provocative eroticism, have, over the years, given way to more stylised, lyrical compositions often involving elements of performance such as fashion shows, dancing and cabaret.
Jones has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including a number of major touring retrospectives of his work. His work is held by numerous museum collections including the British Museum, London; Tate, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Chicago Museum of Art; Fogg Art Museum, Massachusetts; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Vancouver Art Gallery and Nagaoka Museum, Japan.
Allen Jones lives and works in London.
His piece « Femme Assise » in red steel is shown in the garden since 2018.
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