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During the 1960s Jones became famous for his ‘Table and Chair’, (Collection,Tate Britain) in which a call girl in provocatively sexual dress and pose is cast in the role of each piece of furniture. Although ‘Self’ is less controversial, it is equally punchy and blatantly pop in mood. The artist is absent but his presence and his interests are clearly indicated by the revealing combination of natty, man-about town tie and the lipstick smile. The use of silkscreen printing as a medium was very appealing to pop artists because of its association with advertising and commercial art.
‘Self’ is one of ten prints which make up the New York International Portfolio. Published in an edition of 250 by Tanglewood Press in 1966, this was a ground-breaking print portfolio which quickly became a model for printing practice and especially influential in the marketing of prints.

Dimensions Unframed, 54.8 x 43.2 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
EditionEdition 177/225
Item NumberIMMA.261 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Allen Jones, Self, 1966, Silkscreen, Unframed, 54.8 x 43.2 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Allen Jones b.1937

English pop artist Allen Jones studied at Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art. Influenced by the writings of Freud, Jung and erotic imagery in popular culture, his paintings, prints and sculptural work from are characterised by stylised male and female motifs. Jones received the Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the Paris Biennale in 1963. He has held teaching posts at Croydon College of Art; University of California, Los Angeles and the Banff Center School of Fine Arts, Alberta.
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