This important, classic 1980s Mel Ramos lithograph, Candy (Baby Ruth), is a rare, hand signed and dedicated Proof, with terrific provenance, as it was acquired from the Amity Art Foundation, as part of the collection of artist and master print maker Jorge Dumas, owner and founder of the famed Atelier Dumas in New York. Signed in pencil 'Mel Ramos' lower right. Inscribed to printer Jorge Dumas of Atelier Dumas, Inc. New York with "To Jorge" in pencil lower left. This print was was part of an archive of lithographs from the Dumas Estate, acquired by the Amity Art Foundation, that included works by artists - Jorge Dumas, Salvador Dali, Mel Ramos, Guillaume Corneille, Walasse Ting and others. In the present work, Mel Ramos conveys a woman suggestively emerging from an oversized Baby Ruth candy bar, complete with torn wrapper edges. Unframed and in very good condition.
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Signature: Pencil signed by Mel Ramos and dedicated to Jorge recto (front). Also bears the unique blind stamp of Atelier Dumas, New York
Publisher: Atelier Dumas, New York
Amity Art Foundation
Estate of Jorge Dumas, master print maker and founder of Atelier Dumas
About Mel Ramos
Mel Ramos’s provocative, humorous paintings mix idealized nude women with the imagery of popular culture—Coca Cola bottles, movie posters, and the like. A prolific artist from his emergence in the 1960s onward, Ramos has often based his nudes on the female celebrities of the day, from Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson. His style references the sensuality and glossy flatness of pin-ups and Playboy spreads and has drawn the ire of feminists and art critics alike, despite Ramos’s assertion that his works are “apolitical”. Though clearly aligned with Pop art in his appropriation of imagery from mass media and consumer products, Ramos calls his practice rooted in Surrealism and its emphasis on “absurd conjunctions”—in his case, a beautiful nude woman emerging from a Snickers wrapper or lounging seductively in a banana split.
American, b. 1935, Sacramento, California, based in Oakland, California