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Allen Jones RA is a British pop artist, best known for his prints and sculptures. He lives and works in London.
Allen Jones was born in Southampton and studied at Hornsey College of Art, London, and the Royal College of Art.
The early 1960s at the Royal College of Art witnessed the birth of British Pop Art (Pop Art first emerged in America in 1960). Allen Jones was one of a group of students which included Derek Boshier, David Hockney, R. B. Kitaj and Peter Phillips, who radically changed the face of British art with their precocious, unconventional and irreverent work which was based in popular culture, embracing new subject-matter and new materials. Jones's preference was for glamour and style, and his aesthetic centred on beautiful women visualised erotically and stereotypically as in glossy magazines, advertisements and cartoon strips. Underpinned with a great mastery of colour and a consummate painting technique, Jones's work fluctuates between painting and sculpture. He uses colour to describe form, at times with graphic precision, or conversely with an energy and freedom of gesture which is close to direct expression.
Allen Jones has remained central to British art.