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Allen Jones

Allen Jones

Allen Jones portraitAllen Jones, born in Southampton, 1937, is a sculptor, painter and printmaker best known for his fetishistic human-furniture (forniphilia) sculptures and his sexually charged depictions of women. He studied painting and lithography first at the Hornsey College of Art from 1955-59, going on to attend the Royal College of Art for just one year before being expelled whereupon he returned to Hornsey to attend a teacher training course.

Jones, along with Hockney, Blake, Kitaj and Boshier, was one of the first proponents of the Pop Art movement which radically changed the face of the British and American art world in the early 1960s. Jones’ particular take on the new genre was glamourised and highly erotic: women were illustrated in overtly sexual, glossy, magazine-esque prints and paintings. Jones had begun to experiment in sculpture by the late ‘60s, his first series of forniphilic sculptures (Chair, Table, and Hat Stand) being exhibited in 1969.
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