3pm – Mel Ramos: His Life’s Works
Speaker: Mel Ramos, Recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from LA ART SHOW
Dialog: Mel reflects on his life and his work spanning over 40 years, sharing his inspirations and his journey from 1960 to present day.
About the Artist: Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his female nudes painted alongside brand logos. In the early 1960s, Mel Ramos (born 1935), one of the first artists to embrace Pop art, abandoned Abstract Expressionism and began to produce the work of glossy, flat paintings of idealized, voluptuous female nudes emerging from banana peels, lounging on top of cigars or caressing bottles of ketchup. Like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Ramos found imagery from comic books inspirational for his highly graphic style and grew up drawing the cartoons and characters from their pages.
The painter and printmaker’s work is part of the collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others. Just released Mel Ramos: Superman at the Supermarket is a homage to Ramos, published in celebration of his 80th birthday. He currently lives and works in Oakland, CA and Spain.
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