Born in 1937 in Southampton, Allen Jones studied painting and lithography from 1955 to 1959 at Hornsey College of Art in London. At the Royal College of Art from 1959 to 1960, he was part of the celebrated group, which included R. B. Kitaj, Peter Phillips and David Hockney who were instrumental in the birth of British Pop Art. In 1963 he received the Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the Paris Biennale. In 1986 he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London
Jones is best known for his sculptures, oil paintings, watercolours and prints incorporating female figures. His sexually charged early works, with their provocative eroticism, have, over the years, given way to more stylised, lyrical compositions often involving elements of performance such as fashion shows, dancing and cabaret. As a printmaker, working mostly in lithograph and screenprint, he has built up an impressive body of work and a retrospective of his graphic work was held at the Barbican Art Gallery, London in 1995.
Aside from the numerous pop art surveys in which his work is always a central component, he has had solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the Serpentine Gallery, London, the Tate Gallery, London and The Royal Academy of Arts, London. His work is held by numerous museum collections including the British Museum, London, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Chicago Museum of Art, Fogg Art Museum, Massachusetts, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, MoMA, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Tate Gallery, London, Vancouver Art Gallery and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA