Mel Ramos - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 29, 2015 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mel Ramos is a Pop Artist in the truest sense. Using the visual language of his native California, he critiques advertising and other forms of media, passing ironic comment on their clichés. The Pause That Refreshes is a vibrant expression of this aesthetic, redolent of the artist’s west coast milieu.

    The recurring motif of the female form is Ramos’ true focus. Seeing his work as a cultural observation on the ever-changing view of the female nude, Ramos, after visiting an exhibition at the Louvre commented “I remember a room that was full of nude paintings. They all had such a sheen of understanding, which impressed me enormously. It was an affirmation of my own work… I think that my real roots lie in the wonderful history of nude painting.”

    In The Pause that Refreshes we see a fantastic example of this cultural observation. The work uses the motif Ramos has become famous for; the hyper-stylised female nude and a Coca-Cola sign backdrop to reference popular culture in sixties America. However, the model is in a far more relaxed pose compared to the rigid, forcefully expressive poses of the adverts of 1960s media. Looking over her shoulder and away from the gaze of the viewer there is something more sensual about the work, suggesting the influence of the great form artists, not least Titian and Veronese, on the Californian.

  • 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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The Pause that Refreshes

polychrome resin
74.7 x 75 x 20.5 cm (29 3/8 x 29 1/2 x 8 1/8 in.)
Signed and numbered 'Mel Ramos 4/8' right of figure. This work is number 4 from an edition of 8.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £60,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2015 2pm