(born 1937 Southampton, Great Britain)
Allen Jones was one of the most important practitioners of British Pop Art. From 1955 to 1960, he studied painting and lithography in London, but eventually wanted to break free of the strictures of both the two-dimensionality and rectangularity of canvas by creating new modes of representation, something between the three-dimensionality of painting and purely sculptural form. Several residencies in America were powerfully influential on his work including the way new products were advertised, illustrated and marketed as well as the emergence of the American Pop Art movement. Jones is well-known for his erotically charged depictions of women, especially his work – Chair, Hatstand and Table, which not only caught the attention of contemporary feminists but continues to ask more universal questions about morality and about what it means to be female.
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