Sun Plane by Allen Jones the renowned British Pop Artist is to be loaned by Sunderland Museum to the Royal Academy of Arts

Sun Plane by Allen Jones

The painting ‘Sun Plane’ by Allen Jones which is part of the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens art collections is to go on show at the Royal Academy of Arts as part of a retrospective of his work.

The exhibition will be a survey of Jones’ work spanning his entire career, including prints, paintings and the iconic figurative sculptures from the late 1960s up to the present day.

Jones was part of the Pop Art movement which started in the 1950s as a reaction to the dominance of abstract art after the Second World War. Jones’ reputation was established, while still a student at the Royal College of Art in London in the 1960s, as part of a generation of young talented Pop artists.

Over the past forty years his work has remained true to the depiction of popular culture, with much of his imagery being drawn from advertising and performance. Jones worked in a number of mediums including both painting and sculpture and some of that work has gained a reputation in certain quarters for its eroticism and fetishism. His sculpture ‘Chair’ is of a fibreglass woman dressed in fetishistic clothing with her body contorted into the shape of a chair.

The painting ‘Sun Plane’ is of a plane viewed from above seen over a landscape which both merges and is shaped by the form of the plane. The inspiration for this painting came to Allen Jones when he saw the plane in which he was flying reflected in a spectrum of colours in a cloud-bank below. His main concern in this work was, in his words, ‘making the colour wheel throb’. In this work colour floods out across the canvas, emphasising the liquid nature of the paint.

‘Sun Plane’ was purchased by Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens with assistance from the Victoria & Albert Purchase Grant Fund and Art Fund in 1963.

‘Sun Plane’ may not have the same notoriety as ‘Chair’ but it certainly contains plenty of Pop Art sensibilities and will be a very welcome addition to the Allen Jones retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The retrospective of Allen Jones is at Burlington Gardens, The Royal Academy of Arts from 13 November to 25 January.

Find out more about Allen Jones.

Find out more about the Royal Academy of Arts Retrospective of Allen Jones RA.

Share this

Did you know?

Perhaps Sunderland's most prominent landmark is Penshaw Monument. It was built in 1844 in honour of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton. Penshaw was modelled on Theseion, the Temple of Thesus in Athens.


The sun has arrived in and what better way to spend a splendid day outdoors with the kids than finding… 1 day 12 hours ago
You’re welcome, very happy to support such an amazing place! 2 days 10 hours ago
It's steaming weekend at the fabulous and fascinating Ryhope Engines Museum! There's also a classic car show! (We… 2 days 11 hours ago
RT : KEEP CALM... We’re only opening our doors to the public this weekend & we can’t wait! 🤗 Free entry for everyone th… 2 days 12 hours ago
A brilliant day 🐰 🐣 ☀️ 3 days 1 hour ago
Perfect weather, and long overdue after a lot of chilly Penshaw Bowls! 3 days 4 hours ago
More and more people are signing up for this year's BIG 3K Run - many to help raise money for charity.… 3 days 5 hours ago
We’ve had thousands of visitors with some brilliant eggs, THE Easter bunny, donkeys, kites, too many sports to ment… 3 days 5 hours ago
RT : Uncover the spectacular view of the North East landscape from Sunderland's Penshaw Monument. 3 days 5 hours ago
RT : These guys & gals can't wait for you to find them this Easter weekend! 12 of these over-sized yellow ducks are hidd… 3 days 6 hours ago
Let the rolling commence at Penshaw Bowl! 3 days 8 hours ago
RT : The sun is shining, the crowd is ready, it’s almost time for the first egg roll at Penshaw Bowl 🥚 🐣 3 days 8 hours ago
The sun is out ☀️ who’s ready to roll at Penshaw Bowl? The fun starts at 12 noon, give yourself plenty of time to g… 3 days 11 hours ago
The Easter egg hunt returns to this weekend. Take a stroll round the gardens of this hidden gem,… 3 days 12 hours ago
Thanks! 1pm slots now all fully booked, space at 3pm and plenty of other things to do! 3 days 12 hours ago


Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
1 + 0 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.