“First Class” works which includes iconic images to celebrate the Royal Marriage. Peter R. Mason is the Post Pop Art Man. Trained as a painter and illustrator he has developed his work through Pop Art and Graphics. He creates portraits and images by recycling postage stamps into pixellated images and portraits. Each stamp represents a pixel. Scale is paramount in viewing and understanding the work as the largest images are 365 cm by 213cm (12ft x 7ft), although he does undertake smaller works. By choosing the everyday objects of postage stamps and placing them so that their usual significance becomes obscure enables the audience to see 'Art' with new eyes. In this case he takes ordinary things and combines them in extraordinary ways. Pete was born in the West Midlands and during his formative years studied at the College of Art in Stafford. There in 1962 he was awarded the National Diploma in Design in Painting and Lithography. It was at this time that he was influenced by the resurgent Pop Art movement in painting. He particularly admired the works of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. He extended his training at The University of Leeds where he was gained his degree and then began his career as a teacher of Art and Design. During his teaching career he was seconded to The University of Birmingham achieving the Diploma in Art Education contributing to his Masters Degree awarded in 1977. During his teaching career he has taught Art and Design in secondary schools to 11 to 18 years old students in Staffordshire, Liverpool and Walsall. In addition he has enjoyed teaching evening classes for adults in drawing and water colours. Now retired from full time teaching he is able to concentrate on his own creative work producing portraits and landscapes as well as images in tribute to some of his favourite great artists of the twentieth century. The works are created from thousands of used postage stamps; the largest pieces typically use as many as 20,000 recycled postage stamps. 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 gluing them to the paper or canvas surface. Click here to visit Peter’s gallery.