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Born in Southampton. Studied at the Hornsey College of Art (1955-59 and 1960-61) and at the Royal College of Art (1959-60), where he became associated with the group of students around Peter Blake and R.B.Kitaj: David Hockney, Peter Phillips and Derek Boshier, reacting against abstract painting and finding inspiration in popular culture, magazines, advertising and music. Jones’ reading of Jung and Nietzsche at that time suggested to him the fusion of male and female seen in his painting ‘Hermaphrodite’, and he would combine these ideas with the collection of American sexually suggestive, illustrated publications of the 40s and 50s which he discovered on his stay in New York, 1964-65. In turn, they would give rise to his fetishistic furniture sculptures of female figures, paintings of women in rubber and exaggeratedly high heels, and their subject matter would lead him on to explore novel techniques of relief printmaking in the later 60’s. These works would encounter controversy from the growing feminist movement at that time, and provoke misplaced accusations of misogeny.

In the 1970’s his subjects became more painterly and playful, informed by the introduction of a quasi-cubist style of fragmenting outlines and edges, so that the sculptures, too, could develop from intersecting sheets of cut-out shapes which offered an intriguing change of perspective, as the viewer moved round the work. No longer sculpture rendered in monochrome bronze, Jones’ cut-out sculptures and reliefs exhibited the bold colours and painterly application of the Pop Art era.   Created first as maquettes, from the late 80’s onwards, some have been made into monumental versions for atria, galleries and open-air public spaces.

Besides taking on various guest teaching posts at the universities of California, Florida, Banff (Canada) and Berlin, he has consistently made screenprints and lithographs, and held innumerable solo exhibitions in museums and galleries across Europe, the USA, Japan, Australia and Latin America. Notable retrospectives have been held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1978, drawings and graphics), the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (1979), the Barbican Art Gallery (1995, graphics), dedicated rooms at Tate Britain and the Royal Academy of Art (2007), and then a full retrospective at the Royal Academy (2014).

 

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Biography

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Born in Southampton. Studied at the Hornsey College of Art (1955-59 and 1960-61) and at the Royal College of Art (1959-60), where he became associated with the group of students around Peter Blake and R.B.Kitaj: David Hockney, Peter Phillips and Derek Boshier, reacting against abstract painting and finding inspiration in popular culture, magazines, advertising and music. Jones’ reading of Jung and Nietzsche at that time suggested to him the fusion of male and female seen in his painting ‘Hermaphrodite’, and he would combine these ideas with the collection of American sexually suggestive, illustrated publications of the 40s and 50s which he discovered on his stay in New York, 1964-65. In turn, they would give rise to his fetishistic furniture sculptures of female figures, paintings of women in rubber and exaggeratedly high heels, and their subject matter would lead him on to explore novel techniques of relief printmaking in the later 60’s. These works would encounter controversy from the growing feminist movement at that time, and provoke misplaced accusations of misogeny.

In the 1970’s his subjects became more painterly and playful, informed by the introduction of a quasi-cubist style of fragmenting outlines and edges, so that the sculptures, too, could develop from intersecting sheets of cut-out shapes which offered an intriguing change of perspective, as the viewer moved round the work. No longer sculpture rendered in monochrome bronze, Jones’ cut-out sculptures and reliefs exhibited the bold colours and painterly application of the Pop Art era.   Created first as maquettes, from the late 80’s onwards, some have been made into monumental versions for atria, galleries and open-air public spaces.

Besides taking on various guest teaching posts at the universities of California, Florida, Banff (Canada) and Berlin, he has consistently made screenprints and lithographs, and held innumerable solo exhibitions in museums and galleries across Europe, the USA, Japan, Australia and Latin America. Notable retrospectives have been held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1978, drawings and graphics), the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (1979), the Barbican Art Gallery (1995, graphics), dedicated rooms at Tate Britain and the Royal Academy of Art (2007), and then a full retrospective at the Royal Academy (2014).

 

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