Mel Smothers

Post-Card Pop at 43 8th Avenue Gallery 

Dear Andy... #08

oil on canvas

24" x 24"

USD $1,200.00

GBP £600

 




Dear Andy... #03

oil on canvas

24" x 24"

USD $1,200.00

GBP £600

Dear Andy... #47

oil on canvas

40" x 40"

USD $2,850.00

GBP £600.00

 

 

Dear Andy... #21

oil on canvas

54" x 48"

USD $3,600.00

GBP £1,800.00

SOLD 

 

Dear Andy... #36

oil on canvas

24" x 24"

USD $1,200.00

GBP £600.00

Dear Andy... #30

oil on canvas

24" x 24"

USD $1,200.00

GBP £600.00


 

FINE ARTIST MEL SMOTHERS

FEATURED IN SOLO EXHIBITION POST-CARD POP

OPENING RECEPTION APRIL 3RD 2008, 6-9 PM



New York, N.Y. February, 2008 -
Mel Smothers was introduced to Pop art by one of movement's originators - Wayne Thiebaud.
After moving to the East Coast, his Pop education has come full circle when Mel found himself being more and more influenced by the work of the prince of Pop art - Andy Warhol. Smothers' post-card pop is the ultimate homage to Mr. Warhol.

It all started innocently enough. Smothers had discovered that Warhol's Montauk estate was sold after being on the market for five years. Even though Warhol had always felt an affinity for Eothen, he never went out there much; he was afraid of the wind blowing off his hair piece. smoother transition Mr.Smothers decided to let Mr.Warhol know what he was missing out on and so post-card pop was born.

Smothers' paintings are gigantic postcards painted on canvases with cryptic messages to his audience, provoking the question; "are these real correspondences between the two artists". The "card" is addressed to Andy Warhol's Union Square Factory and the stamp is an instantly recognizable Warhol image, a can of Campbell's soup. Postmarked details are carefully painted but the text itself is obscured. The observer can make out the salutation but the remainder takes careful deciphering. That is when the guessing begins. There is no definitive answer and that is what perpetuates the mystique.

Among those paintings at the exhibit is a dual portrait of Elvis Presley from Flaming Star protected by a mute swan, the colors equally subtle and soft. In another, a red cardinal is sitting proudly perched on a can of Campbell's soup. The bird is peering cheekily at the viewer while the observer is interpreting the pale cursive words on the canvas.

 

Post-Card Pop runs from March 30th until April 20th, 2008 at 43 8th Avenue Gallery

(cross streets Horatio and Jane)