Mel Ramos
Val Veeta, 2004
Jacquard tapestry
79 x 83 in.
edition of 24

A longtime friend and frequent visitor to Magnolia Editions, Mel Ramos grew curious about the emerging potential of the tapestry medium and decided to translate a series of his colorful pop sirens. The results display Ramos’s signature fusion of fine art technique, pin-up eroticism, and the gleeful product worship of advertising. In the process of conversion into fiber, Ramos’s pop art gloss has gone matte, but his trademark wit and saucy delivery are unmistakable. -Nick Stone