Allen Jones (Southampton, 1937)
After training at the Hornsey of Art in London and the Royal College of Art (where he is expelled for his unruly behaviour) with Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and David Hockney, Allen Jones is the main character of British Pop Art.
The strong provocative thrive and the passion for fetish characterizes his artwork and makes his painting a unique kind of performance. In his artwork, the painting becomes a stage, where Jones portrays metamorphosis, mergers between the sexes, masochism, restless and compelling images.
He portrays women as objects, sensuous and colourful mannequins, pin ups become sinister furnishings, as in the sequences of his artwork entitled "chair" and "table", inspired by the sexual practice of furniphilia, as in Korova Milkbar’s well-known women-table, which became the symbol of the film Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick.
Jones brings a "mass eroticism" and prophet of the scandal. The Tate Gallery in London and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco contain the major amount of his artwork as well as other pieces that are kept in museums around the world, at the MoMA in New York, the Museum of Art in Sweden, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Power the Art Gallery in Sydney and at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.