Above is Allen Jones' masterful abstraction of legs, shoes, and above all, the overt approach to sexuality at the time... Relevant to our culture now, the painted nature of the image betrays it's artificiality and the false nature of the male gaze.
For 3 years I've been trying to remember his name, I wanted to cite the influence his work had on my approach to the mood of the covers of the SEX collections, specifically volume 2 (pictured right.) Clearly the end-result of my work is quite different, changing the posture, line quality, color palette, etc to come to a new conclusion. When I was working on it, I kept describing Jones' work to my collaborators but they didn't knew what I was talking about. Finally a friend mentioned Jones in passing and now I finally have some context to place this cover in.