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The Battle of Hastings
© Allen Jones. Photo credit: Tate

The Battle of Hastings 1961–2

Allen Jones (b.1937)


(b Southampton, 1 Sept. 1937). British painter, printmaker, sculptor, and designer, one of the most committed exponents of Pop art. Although he has worked primarily as a painter, printmaker, and designer, he is best known to the public for a distinctive type of sculpture in which figures of women—more or less life-size, dressed in fetishistic clothing, and with what Jones calls ‘high definition female parts’—double as pieces of furniture: for example, a woman on all fours supporting a sheet of glass on her back becomes a coffee table, and a standing figure with outstretched hands becomes a hatstand.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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