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CREATING AN IMAGE

 
     Detail from 'V is for Victory' a portrait of Winston Churchill
Pete produces art works from thousands of used postage stamps, The largest pieces  use as many as 22,000 recycled postage stamps while the more typical 4' x 3' canvases use around 3500. Using either canvas or huge pieces of paper he draws the image he will produce. He divides the surface on which he is working  into stamp sized squares, but often uses more than one stamp per grid section. Stamps are sorted by colour, design and postmark pattern. He then  begins the process of finding appropriate stamps before cutting and shaping them and finally sticking them to the surface. This is how he achieves the striking resemblances and shapes in the portraits, landscapes and tributes he creates

He is often asked how many stamps are needed for a particular work. The answer is many thousands. Each stamp has to be soaked to remove the envelope backing, dried and sorted into colours and then individually glued in place. The stamps are obtained from several different sources, friends, colleagues, students and family contribute but most are obtained from
COURT PHILATELICS in Leighton Buzzard who are happy to supply those interested in the creative use of postage stamps.
    
'V is for Victory' is the title of the Winston Churchill portrait and is one of Pete's favourite pieces. The granite features, far staring eyes, chin resting on too tight a bow tie ~ he has used a well-known, strong, graphic image of Winston Churchill. The original image was used by artist David Gentleman on stamps commemorating Churchill's death in 1965. Running diagonally from the top left to bottom centre and back to top right, the large 'V' represents not only his famous salute but also Victory! Stamps commemorating D-Day are incorporated into his bow-tie and aspects of the war representing each of the armed forces. In the brim of his hat are 'V.E. Day' stamps and background zigzag lines represent simplistic graphic explosions. On the band of his hat are the famous words..."Never was so much, owed by so many to so few". This portrait measures 84 inches by 90 inches



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Peter R. Mason 2017

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