Allen Jones on Roy Lichtenstein

Allen Jones recalls his friendship with Roy Lichtenstein – and describes how the American artist inspired his work

It was just so exciting to see this work. It was a kind of release because I realised I'd been leading this sheltered life under the umbrella of what was considered fine art.

Allen Jones

Roy Lichtenstein and Allen Jones were both significant figures in the story of pop art. They were also close friends.

Here, Jones remembers what captivated him when, as a young British artist in New York, he first encountered the work of Roy Lichtenstein and how it drastically changed the course of his own career – opening up new ways of thinking about what could be considered art.

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