Q&A with Artist Mel Ramos in Galore Mag
We had the chance to interview iconic Pinup Pop Artist Mel Ramos for the Pulp issue of Galore Mag. Here’s an inside look at Mel’s series of sexy pinup models with commercial American products. Mel currently Exhibits his art in the Whitney and many other museums worldwide.
What does Pop Art mean to you?
When my work from the 1960s was associated with Pop Art, my life changed. I went from a young upstart painter in Sacramento, California, to a painter recognized on the national stage.
Is there any actress, singer, or model you would consider to be a Ramos girl?
There are several: Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, and Uma Thurman, to name a few.
What was your inspiration for the series of women with the candy bars and Americana objects?
My inspiration came from American advertising.
What was your first painting?
It was titled “Enigma”—a study of Surrealism of a woman melting on an egg.
Current pop culture obsession?
I have no obsessions.
Do you find the art world different now in America?
The art world now operates with fairs: Arco in Madrid, Miami Basel, Fiac in Paris, Armory in New York.
What is your biggest inspiration when it comes to painting?
How would you define beauty ?
An elusive quality that changes from epoch to epoch.
What is your advice for this generation of artists?
Work hard and follow your bliss.
What are your plans for 2013, as far as art?
I have several commissions pending through 2013-
2014, many of which are requests from collectors who want paintings of their wives or girlfriends.