To celebrate his 70th birthday Tate Britain is presenting a display of Allen Jones’s paintings which sets his most recent multi-part canvases against some of his early 1960s work.
Like other Pop artists of his generation, Jones drew upon popular culture for his imagery. He is best known for controversial depictions of female figures based on the style of 1940s and 1950s fetish magazines. There is also an important technical side to his work, much of which has been in opposition to the formalist doctrine of abstract painting. His work has become increasingly complex in terms of the space he creates and, since the 1980s, paintings of parties, performers and the theatre even suggest a narrative. This is especially clear in his latest, multi-part works which are on display until 10 February 2008.