Born in 1937 in Southampton, Allen Jones studied painting and lithography at Horsney College of Art in London from 1955 to 1961. The teaching method at Horsney was largely based on Paul Klee’s “Pedagogical Sketchbook”. During this period, Jones traveled to Provence and Paris, where he was greatly impressed by the works of Delaunay. He visited the Musée Fernand Léger in Biot in 1959 and in 1960 he was expelled from the Royal College of Art where he had studied with Peter Phillips, David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj and Derek Boshier.
Jones taught lithography at the Croydon College of Art from 1961 to 1963. His first solo exhibition was at Tooth & Sons, where he continued to exhibit until 1970, thereafter showing at the Waddington Galleries. Jones has exhibited regularly abroad and at the Royal Academy since 1976.
During the early sixties Jones’ work was influenced by psychology and his reading of Nietzsche, Freud and Jung. He received the Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the Paris Biennale in 1963 and in 1964 he moved to New York and traveled throughout the United States. During his time in the U.S., Jones drew his attention to the world of mass- produced consumer goods imagery. He was awarded the Tamarind Lithography Fellowship in 1966 and from 1969 to 1970 he designed sets and costumes for “Oh Calcutta” in London and “Manner wir Kommen” in Cologne.
Jones was a guest lecturer at the Hochschule für Bildende Künst in Hamburg from 1968 to 1970 and in 1969 he was Visiting Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In 1973 he was Guest Lecturer at the University of Los Angeles in Irvine and he visited Japan and Canada in 1974 and 1975, respectively. In 1977 Jones was Guest Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles and also, Visiting Director of Studies in painting and drawing at the Banff Center School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada.
In 1979 Jones had a large retrospective exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. The exhibition was also shown at the Serpentine Gallery in London, at Sunderland, Baden-Baden and Bielefeld.