Allen Jones (sculptor)

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Allen Jones RA (born 1 September 1937) is a British pop artist and erotic art sculptor, best known for his life-sized sculptures of fetishised women.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Southampton and from 1955 to 1961 studied at Hornsey College of Art. In 1960 he was expelled from the Royal College of Art, where his contemporaries were R. B. Kitaj, Peter Phillips, David Hockney and Derek Boshier.[1] From 1961 to 1963 Jones taught at Croydon College of Art.


Jones' exhibition of erotic sculptures, such as the set, Hat Stand, Table and Chair (1969), are studies in forniphilia, which turn women into items of human furniture. Much of his work draws on the imagery of rubber fetishism and BDSM.

External video
TateShots: Allen Jones, Tate Gallery

The sculptures in the Korova Milk Bar from the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange were based on works by Jones after he turned down the request by Stanley Kubrick to design the set for no payment.[2]

Jones designed Barbet Schroeder's 1976 film Maîtresse.

He was elected R.A. (Royal Academician) by the Royal Academy in 1986.

David Gilmour, lead guitarist for Pink Floyd, holds up a copy of Figures by Allen Jones during one of the interview portions of Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.

An example of Jones' 1969 Chair sculpture (as well as over fifty other works) is in the UK's Tate Collection.[3] Three of his paintings are in the collection of the Centro de Arte Moderna of the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.[4]

Hatstand, Table and Chair[edit]

Jones group of fibreglass sculptures, of a Hat Stand, Table and Chair were an "immediate international sensation" when exhibited in 1970.[5] They have been described as "emblematic of the spirit of the 1960s".[6] The sculptures took the form of three lifelike mannequins of scantily clad women, either curled up, on all-fours or standing to resemble furniture items.

The "fetishist" sculptures were met with strong protests, particularly from feminists, which succeeded in making Jones a "cultural hot potato".[5] The Guardian suggested Jones should be prevented from exhibiting the items. When they were put on display at the Institute of Contemporary Arts they were attacked with stink bombs.[7]

A set of the sculptures sold for £2.6  million at auction in 2012.[7] He has an ongoing leather-wear project with Whitaker Malem.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Jones lives and works in London.


  1. ^ Allen Jones biography at pHinnweb.
  2. ^ Gayford, Martin (8 October 2007). "Allen Jones: The day I turned down Stanley Kubrick". The Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ Allen Jones - Chair 1969, Art & Artists ( Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  4. ^ Search the Collection, Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  5. ^ a b Mark Sladen (June–August 1995). "Allen Jones". Frieze (23) (London). Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Martin Gayford (8 October 2007). "Allen Jones: The day I turned down Stanley Kubrick". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Annabel Venning (23 January 2014). "The man who turned half-naked women into chairs - and called it art: How Allen Jones' sculptures are still sparking controversy 45 years on". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Fury, Alexander (October 26, 2014). "'Fetishism and fashion? It's a perfect match...'". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-10-25. 

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