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

Born in Southampton, England
Attends Hornsey College of Art, London- courses in painting and lithography
Attends the Royal College of Art, London, England
Takes teacher training course at Hornsey College of Art, London
Teaches lithography at Croydon College of Art
Awarded Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the paris Biennale
Teaches drawing at Chelsea School of Art; Marries Janet Bowen
Lives in New York City
Undertakes an extensive tour of the USA with Peter Phillips
Holds Tamarind Lithography Fellowship, Los Angeles
Birth of twin daughters, Sarah and Thea
Guest Professor, Department of Painting, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Visiting Teacher, Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst, Hamburg, Germany
Designs Manner wir kommen for WDR Television, Germany
Designs set and costumes for part of O Calcutta in London
Guest Teacher, University of Los Angeles, Irvine; Receives Design and Art Direction Silver Award fr his Pirelli calendar
Visits Japan
Tours Canada, sponsored by the British Council
Guest Teacher, Painting Department, University of California at Los Angeles; Summer: Visiting Tutor in Painting and Drawing, Banff Centre of Fine Arts, Alberta, Canada
Designs large scale mural overlooking Basle railway station, Switzerland, advertising 'Fogal' hosiery
Visits China
Elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts, London
Guest Professor, Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
Commissioned to make a sculpture for the International Garden Festival, Liverpool, England
Commissioned to create a sculpture for the Frederik R. Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles
Installation of his sculpture The Worker at Perseverance Works, Hackney, London. Elected full member of the Royal Academy of Arts
Commissioned by St Martin's Property Corporation to produce a large painted sculpture for Cottons Atrium, London Bridge City. Commissioned by Richard Alston of Ballet Rambert to design sets and costumes for Cinema, with music by Eric Satie
Receives Art & Work Award from Wapping Arts Trust, London, for the sculpture at London Bridge City
Makes a large interior steeel sculpture for Heathrow Hotel, Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport
Gets divorced, Elected Trustee of the British Museum
Produces a portrait of its retiring director, Sir David Wilson
Makes a monumenal, painted steel sculpture for the interior of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
Produces a portrait of the ballerina Darcey Bussell; Makes a large steel sculpture for London Docklands; Marries Deirdre Morrow
Receives the Heitland Foundation Award, Celle, Germany; Lives and works in London
For portraits of artist Allen Jones at 20 21 Photo Gallery, click here.

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 (solo)
2002
Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna (solo)
2002
Palazzo die Sette, Orvieto (solo)
2002
Kunsthalle, Villa Kobe, Halle/Saale, Germany (solo)
2002
Den Haag Sculptuur 2002, Europa in Beeld. Mythe & Realiteit: Lange Voorhout, Den Haague
2002
Out of Line, drawings from the Art Council Collection, Art Council, London
2002
Transition, The London Art Scene in the Fifties: Barbican Art Galeries, London
2001
Les années Pop: Centre Pompidou, Paris
2001
Pop Art US/UK: Mentil Foundation, Houston (solo)
2001
Galerie Terminus, Munich (solo)
2000
Kunsthaus, Hanover (solo)
2000
Kunsthaus, Cologne (solo)
1999
Skulpturen-Garten der Stadt Wien, Vienna (solo)
1999
Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna (solo)
1999
Tula, Helsinki (solo)
1999
Galerie Levy, Madrid (solo)
1999
Galerie Levy, Hamburg (solo)
1999
Galerie Steinötter, Münster, Germany (solo)
1999
Pop Impressions Europe/USA: MoMa, New York
1998
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris
1998
Galerie Hilger, Vienna (solo)
1998
Marino alla Scala Art Center, Fondazione Trussardi, Milano (solo)
1997
Thomas Gibson, London (solo)
1997
Nicosla Municipal Art Gallery, Nicosia, Cypress (solo)
1997
Czech Museum of Modern Art, Prague (solo)
1997
Galerie Levy, Hamburg (solo)
1997
The Pop ‘60s: Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbao
1997
Treasure Island: Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa
1996/97
Les Sixties: Musée d’Histoire Contemporaine, Paris, Brigthon Museum and Art Gallery
1996
The Berardo Collection: Sintra, Portugal
1996
Galerie Pro Art, Freiburg (solo)
1996
Hauger Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tonsberg (solo)
1996
Galeria Civica, Modena (solo)
1996
Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, Germany (solo)
1996
Galerie Hilger, Vienna (solo)
1995
Galerie Levy, Hamburg (solo)
1995
Barbican Art Gallery, London (solo)
1995
Theo Waddington Fine Art, London (solo)
1995
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (solo)
1995
Dean Clough, Halifax (solo)
1995
Gio Marconi, Milano (solo)
1995
Boomans Museum, Celle, Germany (solo)
1995
Fémininmasculin: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1994
The Portrait Now: National Portrait Gallery, London
1993
Galerie Levy at ARCO, Madrid (solo)
1993
Waddington Galleries, London (solo)
1993
The Sixties Art Scene in London: Barbican Art Gallery
1992
Galerie Wentzel, Cologne (solo)
1992
Galeria Punto at ARCO, Madrid and Valencia (solo)
1991
Pop Art: Royal Academy, London, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Madrid, Montreal
1988
Waddington Galleries, London; Waddington Graphics, London (solo)
1987
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1987
Galerie Hete Hunermann, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
1985
Waddington Galleries, London (solo)
1985
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France (solo)
1985
Para adultos, Waddington Graphics, London (solo)
1984
Galerie Wentzel, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1984
Galerie Kammer, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1983
Waddington Galleries, London, England; Galerie Kammer, Hamburg, Germany; Galeria Yerba, Murcia, Spain(solo)
1982
Stages, Waddington Graphics, London (solo)
1981
galleria Cavallino, Venice, Italy (solo)
1981
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg (solo)
1980
Waddington Galleries, London (solo)
1979
Retrospective 1959-78: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, travelling to Serpentine Gallery, London Museum and Art Gallery, Sunderland Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden and Kunsthalle Bielefeld (solo)
1979
Galerie Wentzel, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1978
Waddington Galleries, Montreal, Canada (solo)
1978
Waddington Galleries, Toronto, Canada (solo)
1977
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1977
Nova Gallery, Vancouver, Washington (solo)
1977
Art Galleries, University of California, Los Angeles (solo)
1976
Waddington Galleries, London (solo)
1976
Waddington and Tooth Graphics, London (solo)
1976
Basle Art Fair (solo)
1975
Welsh Arts Council, oriel Gallery, Cardiff (solo)
1975
Galerie Ariadne, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1975
Scottish Arts Council, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
1975
Arnolfini, Bristol, England (solo)
1974
Seibu, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1974
Neitetsu, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
1973
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
1973
Hogarth Galleries, Sydney (solo)
1973
Galerie von Loeper, Hamburg (solo)
1972
Malborough Fine Art, London (solo)
1972
Studio d' Arte Condotti 85, Rome (solo)
1971
Galleria il Fauno, Turin, Italy (solo)
1971
Galerie DerSpiegel, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1971
Malborough Graphics, London (solo)
1970
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York (solo)
1970
Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne (solo)
1970
Arthur Tooth and Sons, London (solo)
1970
Studio d' Arte Condotti 85, Rome (solo)
1970
Galleria Milano, Milan (solo)
1970
Galerie Springer, Berlin (solo)
1969
Galleria Milano, Milan, Italy (solo)
1969
Galerie Werigstatt, Bremen (graphics) (solo)
1968
Editions Alecto, London (solo)
1968
Galerie Mikro, Berlin (solo)
1967
Galerie DerSpiegel, Cologne (solo)
1967
Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1967
Arthur Tooth and Sons, London (solo)
1967
Hamilton Gallery, London (graphics) (solo)
1966
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich (solo)
1966
Southampton University (solo)
1965
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York Editions Alecto, London (graphics) (solo)
1965
RIchard Feign Gallery, Chicago (solo)
1965
Feigen / Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1965
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York (solo)
1964
Arthur Tooth and Sons, London (solo)
1963
Arthur Tooth and Sons, London (solo)

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.