Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Artist of the day, February 28: Allen Jones, British painter, sculptor (pop art)

Allen Jones (1937) is a British pop artist best known for his paintings, sculptures, and lithography. He was awarded the Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the 1963 Paris Biennale. He is a Senior Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Jones has taught at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, the University of South Florida, the University of California, the Banff Center School of Fine Arts in Canada, and the Berlin University of the Arts. His works reside in a number of collections; including the Tate, the Museum Ludwig, the Warwick Arts Centre and the Hirshhorn Museum. His best known work Hatstand, Table and Chair, involving fibreglass "fetish" mannequins, debuted to protests in 1970.

His work is characterized by its sexual imagery and interest in traditional male and female power dynamics, alternating between celebrating and satirizing fetishes and BDSM practices. He  attended the Royal College of Art, where David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj were his classmates. Though Jones was expelled from the school after only one year, he went on to be included in the seminal 1961 “Young Contemporaries” exhibition, credited by the British Press with launching the English Pop Art movement. He moved to New York in 1964, where he began developing his signature erotic aesthetic. His painting Perfect Match (1966), depicting a topless and semi-abstracted woman, would mark a turning point in his art. In 1970, his installation Hatstand, Table, and Chair—three furniture pieces constructed out of female BDSM mannequins—became his most famous and controversial work. Jones now teaches was elected a Royal Academician at the Royal College of Art.

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Mr Allen Jones