T03243 SANTA MONICA SHORE 1977
Inscribed on reverse, on top turn-over edge of canvas ‘Allen Jones 77’
Oil on canvas, 72 1/8 × 72 7/8 (183.5 × 183.5)
Purchased from the Waddington Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Exh: Allen Jones: Retrospective of Paintings 1957–1978, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, March–April 1979 and tour to Serpentine Gallery May–June, Museum and Art Gallery, Sunderland June–July, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, September–October and Kunsthalle, Bielefeld November–December 1979 (52, repr.in colour)
Lit: Marco Livingstone, catalogue of the 1979 Allen Jones retrospective exhibition, n.p.
Repr: Marco Livingstone, Allen Jones: Sheer Magic, 1979, pp.124–5 in colour
'Santa Monica Shore’ was painted in the first half of 1977 when Allen Jones was living in a modern tower block overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica, California, while a guest teacher in the Painting Department of the University of California, Los Angeles. The painting is based on a 35mm. colour slide which Jones had taken showing the view from the balcony of his flat. The space was defined by a wall on the left and an adjoining building on the right. The space between the two buildings gave the balcony railing the illusion of being warped…