Mel Ramos - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris
    Private Collection, France

  • Catalogue Essay

    'I’m inspired by female beauty, as much as classical and Renaissance painters.'

    - Mel Ramos

  • Artist Biography

    Mel Ramos

    American • 1935

    Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his paintings of female nudes alongside brand logos. His depictions of women with everyday products celebrate aspects of popular culture represented in mass media and advertising. Like his contemporaries Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Ramos was inspired by comic books and grew up drawing cartoons and characters from their pages. The artist's works, including paintings, prints and works on paper, feature in the permanent collections of 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.

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Chiquita Banana

polychrome resin, plinth with acrylic glass vitrine
figure 86.4 x 49.5 x 44.5 cm (34 x 19 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)
overall 191.8 x 61.6 x 61.6 cm (75 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 in.)

Signed and numbered 'Mel Ramos 5/8' on the side. This work is number 5 from an edition of 8 plus 4 artist's proofs.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for £134,500

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 13 February 2015 2pm