This iconic 1981 Mel Ramos lithograph "Wonder Woman" was acquired from the collection of the Amity Art Foundation, as part of the Estate of artist and master print maker Jorge Dumas, the Founder of the famous lithographic print shop Atelier Dumas in New York. It is pencil signed by the artist lower right, and bearing a personal inscription "To Susie Narva" from Mel Ramos. This is a very special Proof -- from Jorge Dumas' personal collection. This work is unframed, in fine condition, and bearing the unique blind stamp of Atelier Dumas; as this is a Proof, it is more unique than the regular edition.
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Signature: Pencil signed and inscribed to Susie Narva on the recto; also bears the distinctive blind stamp of Atelier Dumas.
Publisher: Atelier Dumas Inc., New York (with blind stamp)
Amity Art Foundation
Estate of Jorge Dumas, Atelier Dumas, New York
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