Allen Jones was born in Southampton and from 1955 to 1961 studied at Hornsey College of Art. From 1961 to 1963 Jones taught at Croydon College of Art and was elected R.A. (Royal Academician) by the Royal Academy in 1986.
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.
An example of Jones’ 1969 Chair sculpture (as well as over fifty other works) is in the UK’s Tate Collection. Three of his paintings are in the collection of the Centro de Arte Moderna of the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.
Jones group of fibreglass sculptures, of a Hat Stand, Table and Chair were an “immediate international sensation” when exhibited in 1970. They have been described as “emblematic of the spirit of the 1960s”. 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.
A set of his sculptures were sold for £2.6 million at auction in 2012. He has an ongoing leather-wear project with Whitaker Malem.
Allen Jones lives and works in London.