Pop artist Allen Jones (British, b. 1937) was born in Southampton, England, and is most well known for his paintings and sculptures. Between 1955 and 1960, he studied at Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Among his fellow students were David Hockney (British, b.1937) and R. B. Kitaj (American, 1932–2007). Later, Jones taught at various universities in Berlin and Hamburg. Since 1986, he has been a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Jones‘s early works often contained subtle sexual innuendo, revealing an interest in the physical relationship between men and women, and the balance between male and female power. In his later works, Jones created life-size sculptures, during which time, his interest in the female nude reached its peak. He deals with topics such as BDSM and sexual fetishism, while at the same time glorifying and satirizing male preferences. His most famous works are his sculptures of female characters depicted in sexually explicit poses, which double as furniture, including tables, chairs, and coat racks. Jones‘s body of work also includes numerous large-scale sculptures, which can be seen in public spaces.

His works have been presented in major museums and exhibitions worldwide, including the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Timeline

1937
Born in Southampton, England
1955–1961
Attended Hornsey College of Art, London, England
1961
Took teacher training course at Hornsey College of Art, London
1961–1963
Taught lithography at Croydon College of Art
1963
Prix des Jeunes Artistes, Paris Biennale
1973
Design & Art Direction Award for the Pirelli Calendar
1986
Elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
1988
Art and Work Award for his sculpture at Cotton's Atrium, London
2000
Design & Art Direction Award for Millennium postage stamp design
Lives and works in London, England

Exhibitions

2013–2014
Neue Arbeiten, Levy Galerie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2012–2013
Pop Art Accrochage, Fluegel-Roncak Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
2012
Off the Wall: Die Retrospektive zum 75., Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany (solo)
2002
Royal Academy, London, England (solo)
Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna, Italy (solo)
Palazzo die Sette, Orvieto, Italy (solo)
Kunsthalle, Villa Kobe, Halle/Saale, Germany (solo)
Den Haag Sculptuur 2002, Europa in Beeld. Mythe & Realiteit: Lange Voorhout, Den Haague, The Netherlands
Out of Line, drawings from the Art Council Collection, Art Council, London, England
Transition, The London Art Scene in the Fifties, Barbican Art Galeries, London, England
2001
Les années Pop, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Pop Art US/UK, Mentil Foundation, Houston, USA (solo)
Galerie Terminus, Munich, Germany (solo)
2000
Kunsthaus, Hanover, Germany (solo)
Kunsthaus, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1999
Skulpturen-Garten der Stadt Wien, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna, Italy (solo)
Tula, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Galerie Levy, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Galerie Levy, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Galerie Steinötter, Münster, Germany (solo)
Pop Impressions Europe/USA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1998
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France
Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Marino alla Scala Art Center, Fondazione Trussardi, Milano, Italy (solo)
1997
Thomas Gibson, London, England (solo)
Nicosla Municipal Art Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus (solo)
Czech Museum of Modern Art, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
Galerie Levy, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
The Pop 60s, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbao, Portugal
Treasure Island, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa, Portugal
1996
Les Sixties, Musée d’Histoire Contemporaine, Paris, France; Brigthon Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton, England
Berardo Collection, Sintra, Portugal
Galerie Pro Art, Freiburg, Germany (solo)
Hauger Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tonsberg, Norway (solo)
Galeria Civica, Modena, Italy (solo)
Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, Germany (solo)
Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1995
Galerie Levy, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Barbican Art Gallery, London, England (solo)
Theo Waddington Fine Art, London, England (solo)
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, England (solo)
Dean Clough, Halifax, Canada (solo)
Gio Marconi, Milano, Italy (solo)
Boomans Museum, Celle, Germany (solo)
Fémininmasculin, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1994
The Portrait Now, National Portrait Gallery, London, England
1993
Galerie Levy at ARCO, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Waddington Galleries, London, England (solo)
The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
1992
Galerie Wentzel, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Galeria Punto at ARCO, Madrid and Valencia, Spain (solo)
1991
Pop Art, Royal Academy, London, England; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
1988
Waddington Galleries, London, England
Waddington Graphics, London, England (solo)
1987
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Galerie Hete Hunermann, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
1985
Waddington Galleries, London, England (solo)
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France (solo)
Para adultos, Waddington Graphics, London, England (solo)
1984
Galerie Wentzel, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Galerie Kammer, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1983
Waddington Galleries, London, England; Galerie Kammer, Hamburg, Germany; Galeria Yerba, Murcia, Spain (solo)
1982
Stages, Waddington Graphics, London, England (solo)
1981
galleria Cavallino, Venice, Italy (solo)
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (solo)
1980
Waddington Galleries, London, England (solo)
1979
Retrospective 1959-78, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Serpentine Gallery, London; Sunderland Museum, Sunderland, England; Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (solo)
Galerie Wentzel, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1978
Waddington Galleries, Montreal, Canada (solo)
Waddington Galleries, Toronto, Canada (solo)
1977
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Nova Gallery, Vancouver, USA (solo)
Art Galleries at University of California, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
1976
Waddington Galleries, London, England (solo)
Waddington and Tooth Graphics, London, England (solo)
1975
Welsh Arts Council, oriel Gallery, Cardiff, Wales (solo)
Galerie Ariadne, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Scottish Arts Council, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
Arnolfini, Bristol, England (solo)
1974
Seibu, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Neitetsu, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
1973
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, Australia (solo)
Galerie von Loeper, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1972
Malborough Fine Art, London, England (solo)
Studio d'Arte Condotti 85, Rome, Italy (solo)
1971
Galleria il Fauno, Turin, Italy (solo)
Galerie DerSpiegel, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Malborough Graphics, London, England (solo)
1970
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, England (solo)
Studio d'Arte Condotti 85, Rome, Italy (solo)
Galleria Milano, Milan, Italy (solo)
Galerie Springer, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1969
Galleria Milano, Milan, Italy (solo)
Galerie Werigstatt, Bremen, Germany (solo)
1968
Editions Alecto, London, England (solo)
Galerie Mikro, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1967
Galerie DerSpiegel, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, England (solo)
Hamilton Gallery, London, England (solo)
1966
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1965
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York Editions Alecto, London, England (solo)
RIchard Feign Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)
Feigen / Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1964
Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, England (solo)
1963
Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, England (solo)

Public Collections

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Vancouver Art Museum, Canada
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, USA
Museum Bochum, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium
Museum of 20th Century Art, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Nagoake Museum, Japan
Neue Galerie der Stadt, Linz, Austria
Oregon State University, USA
Pasadena Art Museum, USA
Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Sydney, Australia
Regional Museum, Olinda, Brazil
Konstmuseets Vanner, Gothenburg, Sweden
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany
Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany
Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Germany
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Museum Aachen, Germany
Sunderland Art Gallery, Sunderland
Tate Gallery, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Boymans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon, Portugal
Chicago Museum of Art, Chicago, USA
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, USA
Frederick R Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
Arts Council of England
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
British Council
City Art Gallery, Birmingham
Contemporary Art Society
Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-on-Hull
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
National Portrait Gallery, London
Southampton Art Gallery, Southampton

Literature

J. MAIZELS, Raw Creation. Outsider Art and Beyond. Phaidon Press, 1996, p.77.
J. KALLIR, Self-taught & outsider art, The Anthony Petullo Collection, 2001.