Allen Jones is one of Britain’s most distinguished artists from the pioneering Pop Movement, with paintings and sculptures in many important international collections, including the Tate Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, the Museum of 20th-Century Art in Vienna, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
He represented the UK at the Paris Biennale in 1963, where he received the Prix des Jeunes Artistes. In 1978 – 79 there was a painting and sculpture retrospective of his work at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and the Serpentine Gallery, London and in 1995 there was a retrospective exhibition of his complete graphic works at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, which for three years toured the world under the auspices of the British Council.
In 2007-8 solo exhibitions of his work were exhibited simultaneously at Tate Britain and The Royal Academy of Arts. A large retrospective exhibition, “Off the Wall”, showing sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings from 55 years of his career, toured through Europe, with further venues in South America.
Commissions have included large scale mural projects for Fogal in Basle and Zurich, and two major London restaurants; monumental steel sculptures for London Bridge City, the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, Taikoo Place in Hong Kong and Glaxo SmithKline world headquarters, London. In 2006 he installed 10 metre high sculpture commissions for the Yuzi Paradise Sculpture parks in Shanghai and in Guilin, China. Two large works have more recently been acquired by the city of St Louis, USA and the Barada Foundation in Lisbon.
In 2008 a large scale, 5-piece sculpture was commissioned and completed at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, and two suspended pieces have been installed at the headquarters of Allen & Overy in Spitalfields. Additionally, he has undertaken many private sculpture commissions in the UK and the USA and is currently working on a monumental commissioned piece for a site in London measuring 9m x 20m x 9m .
He has designed for the Royal Ballet and the Ballet Rambert in England, and for West Deutsche Television in Cologne and Thames Television in the UK. Additionally, he has designed three books and had a further four books published about his work.
He was elected a Royal Academician in 1986, and was a Trustee of the British Museum from 1990 to 1999, now an Emeritus Trustee. In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts at Southampton Solent University.