Man woman | Allen Jones | 1963

Man woman | Allen Jones | 1963

Man woman | Allen Jones | 1963

Our artist from today is not usually recognized by his paintings, but by his furniture with woman dressed in a BDSM fashion (?) If you think I’m joking, you can see the picture below.

Allen Jones begins with his studies in the Royal College of Art next to characters like Peter Phillips, David Hockney and Derek Boshier who, next to him, will be the major exponents of British pop art.

But in 1960, he is expelled from the academy and, like Warhol, next to Hockney, they become interested in art derived from the massive consumer goods.

The artist wins the Prix des Jeunes Artistes in the Paris Biennale in the same year he finishes with Man woman.

Allen Jones | Hatstand-Table-Chair

Allen Jones | Hatstand-Table-Chair

In the painting, we see the typical bright and flat colors of pop art but, instead illustrating consumer goods, we see 2 human figures fused, evidently, a man and a woman. Despite both have no heads, we can easily identify them: while the man wears suit and tie, along with shoes; the woman has her legs uncovered, an open shirt and high heel shoes. The colors the artist uses for each sex are different. The man is painted with earthly, warm and dull colors; and the woman has bright and mostly cold ones.

Both bodies seem broken up. It is, they are not a coherent unity. The artist seems to treat his motifs putting pairs against each other: man-woman, dull-bright, subject-object (especially in his furniture), etc. And this is maybe the most identifiable characteristic in Jones’ work.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on December 10, 2010.

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