The work of Allen Jones is regarded as the embodiment of British Pop. Jones is perhaps best known as a painter and printmaker of uniquely sophisticated and brilliantly coloured canvases, which are and ambiguous mixture of abstract and figurative elements and also of flat, graphic and solid forms. Since the mid-1960s Jones has found inspiration in the dynamic treatment of the human figure and has invested his own images of women with a provocative eroticism as a means of arousing the viewer's emotional response.
Allen Jones studied at Hornsey College of Art from 1955-1959 and the Royal College of Art from 1959-1960. Between 1961 and 1983 he taught at Croydon College of Art, Chelsea School of Art, University of South Florida; Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Hamburg; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Irvine ,and Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin. Jones was appointed a Trustee of the British Museum from 1990-1999.
From the early 1960's his international reputation was established as a painter, printmaker and sculptor. Over the past 40 years his work has been exhibited around the world in both solo and group exhibitions. There have been three major retrospectives of his work. The first at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, travelling to the Serpentine Gallery, London and to four venues in Germany. The second at the ICA, London, which travelled to the Fruit Market, Edinburgh and Arnolfini, Bristol, and the third at the Barbican, London, which was subsequently toured worldwide by the British Council.
Jones’s designs for stage and television include Oh Calcutta! for Kenneth Tynan, Manner wir kommen (West Deutsche Rundfunk),Understanding Opera (LWT), Satie/Cinema (Baallet Rambert) and Signed in Red (Royal Ballet, London). Jones lives and works in London and Oxfordshire.