Artistic backgroundArt has been my life from school days to Fine Art at Stafford College of Art, a teaching certificate at Leeds University and an MA at Birmingham University. Over twenty five years ago I began creating pictures using recycled postage stamps and am known as the ‘original’ ‘Post Pop Art Man’ as I am inspired by the Pop Art movement, particularly the works of Lichtenstein and Warhol. I create portraits, abstract images and stylised pictures using recycled postage stamps and am happy to undertake commissions based on a client’s photo’s or suggestions. Pictures can be of any size but 70cm x 70cm is the smallest I can create due to the size of a postage stamp. I have pictures owned and commissioned by international clients as well as in the UK. I was commissioned to create a portrait of the Queen measuring 305 cm x 488 cm, using over 30,000 stamps which hung in the Central Atrium within Whiteley’s Shopping Centre in London. Another large portrait of the Queen was created to celebrate her nine decades as monarch and was made of nine 92 cm square canvases using 30,001 stamps. Several of my pictures have been bought and displayed in Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ attractions in Great Britain and America. I have created portraits of celebrities from royalty to the world of sport and entertainment then presented them to Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir Cliff Richard and Lord Sugar amongst others. I have featured on radio programmes and been invited to Channel Four and ITV television studios at various times to meet and be guests of Noel Edmonds, Paul O’Grady and Alan Titchmarsh to present them with their portraits.
QuoteQuotes from a recent exhibition
“I never knew postage stamps were produced in such a huge range of colours”.
“Did you know there were more than 14 shades, designs and tones of for example of blue, 18 reds and 16 greens in postage stamps”.
“You really need to see this work in person to appreciate the design”.
“A photograph can never do this work justice”.
“Even postmarks can be part of the design”.