‘Amelia’ is a Giclée and Screen Print by contemporary artist Maria Rivans. Printed onto Minuet Paper, and hand finished with iridescent gold and spot varnish, the piece is from a limited edition of 50 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
The work of Maria Rivans is known for its mash up of surrealism meets pop-art. Her scrapbook-like collages - with their 1950s pop-culture references - have all the playful delight of an early Paolozzi, mixed with the strange surreality of a Dali, and brought up to date with a certain sophistication and quirky aesthetic, unique to Rivans.
‘Amelia’ (poignantly named after Rivans’ dearly-loved Italian grandmother) depicts the black and white visage of Audrey Hepburn, glamorously decked-out in large, dark glasses. Hepburn’s halter neck dress has been crafted from an antiquated map and Rivans has adorned her head with a fabulous bricolage headdress: in amongst tumbling flora, fauna and foliage, Rivans has included stylised 1950s iconography, from playing cards to Cadillacs, TV sets to Super 8s.
Inspired by retro Italian glamour, Rivans created the print at the end of a “glorious long hot summer” to “help us through the long winter months ahead” - we can't imagine anything more uplifting to keep us warm in wintertime!