Staffordshire artist puts stamp of authority on artwork

A Staffordshire artist with an unusual technique has produced two new and very different pieces.

The "Post Pop Art Man" Peter Mason has mastered the art of creating images with used postage stamps, recycling the stamps into pixelated images to create portraits and designs.

The 76-year-old, who lives in Hednesford, has created two huge stained glass-style pieces after, his wife Jane said, being inspired by designs in two different churches.

She said: "The two windows he was inspired by are of a pre-Raphaelite design of an angel with a long horn that she is blowing from St Phillip's Cathedral in Birmingham in a doom detail.

"The other is another pre-Raphaelite angel set in a stained glass window at St Martin's Church at Brampton in Cumbria."

The two designs are just two of a large portfolio of designs Peter has completed over the years, which include football club badges, portraits of celebrities and a Diamond Jubilee portrait of the Queen.

Jane said her husband had been inspired to take up the work creating art with stamps during his time as an art teacher at Manor Farm school in Walsall.

Each piece is put together using hundreds of recycled stamps

She said: "He got the children to create their own stamps based on their own interests, whether it was football, music, dancing or something else.

"This came after seeing some of the commemorative folders that the Royal Mail send out every now and again with different themes.

"While doing this, they turned to him and asked if he could do one himself, which inspired him to give it a go."

Jane said Peter was inspired by the works of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol and, since beginning work on this over the last 30 years, he has created his own style using canvas.

She said: "He does these pieces because he loves it and it is very much a passion project for him."

To find out more about Peter and to see the works he produces, go to thepostpopartman.co.uk

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