MEL RAMOS "OAKLAND: ODE TO MOE", 1981
We've long been a fan of Mel Ramos (1935 - 2018) and his cheeky/sexy pop art images. He is best known for his pin-up style nudes paired against well-known consumer brands or other curious props and settings.
In 1981 Ramos collaborated with Tamarind Institute (Los Angeles) and switched tone. He produced a series of lithographs that depict warm textured, tropical views of the California landscape - this a prime example.
While this may seem like an anomaly in his oeuvre, consider that Ramos was first Wayne Thiebaud's assistant for many years...in which case such a sentimental and evocative depiction of Oakland (Ramos' hometown) is highly appropriate...and delightful.
Since Ramos's death his reputation has been solidified and major canvases achieve upwards of half a million at auction.
Today his work can be found in many major museum collections including Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; HM de Young Museum, San Francisco; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
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Signed and dated in pencil and by the artist
Edition CTP (Color Trial Proof)
Color lithograph on Arches paper
20"H 28"W (work)
29.5"H 37.5"W (framed)
Very good condition.
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