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Examples of "Art" pieces made entirely from postage stamps

Posted: 29 Oct 2011 22:15
by Spencer
It is claimed that this item "a mosaic of postage stamps" has sold for $US60,000
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see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebu-Arts

It seems that if we turn our surplus common stamps into "art" we could make money :lol:

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 29 Oct 2011 22:23
by Frank E Ring
Can you wrap bolony in it too? :P

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 29 Oct 2011 22:24
by Allanswood
I'm not having a go at you but this seems a load of rubbish and a con job and it's no wonder that wiki is considering deleting this tripe. :shock:

It sounds and reads like a spam add but inside wikipedia. :evil:

The "artwork" looks much like every schoolkids 2,000 stamps of the world presentation packet that we used to buys as kids. :lol:

I'd like to know the idiot who "bought" the item considering all the references are rubbish (one links to a blog!?)


With permission from Wiki (I hope):

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Subject appears to be a made-up new art genre that is not notable. No coverage in reliable sources that I could find. Artist not notable either. Article appears to be promotional. References are to poor quality sources. Philafrenzy (talk) 10:21, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Note: This debate has been included in the list of Visual arts-related deletion discussions. - Gene93k (talk) 18:30, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Agreed, this is some awesome self-promotion - complete with actual blog mentions! I didn't realize I could make $60K by gluing all my duplicates to a board and calling it a new genre... If our guy had done more research, he might have noticed File:Unique Postage Stamps Collage by Filipino artist Nux Suzara.jpg, plus there's that one in some museum that I can't find the commons pic of now... :-) Stan (talk) 18:38, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

I disagree about the quality of the sources. Three of the sources are just the online archives of well-esteemed New Jersey-based newspapers. I would know as I was the curator interviewed by Kurt Osenlund for the Pennington Post article (source #2) and I have a physical copy in my possession. Also, those are authentic stamps being used, not duplicates. As they were collected throughout the artist's life, many of them are rare and valuable, thus contributing to the pricing of the piece. While I certainly concede that this artist may not be the originator of stamp collage styles of art, this is the first I've heard anyone try to give a formal name to the genre. Awederich (talk) 20:45, 27 October 2011 (UTC)"

As for this last paragraph, I just choked on my Chardonnay...

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 29 Oct 2011 22:25
by Global Admin
Yikes.

Have just done a quick summary of the value of my junk here - http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=3636

And it tots up to -

$536,864,567,134,776,332,153,864.07

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 29 Oct 2011 22:32
by Allanswood
I must have read it wrong, I could swear it said "ebay-arts" :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 30 Oct 2011 02:52
by passport_collect
I've nominated it for deletion on Wikipedia. Luckily most self-promotion like this gets found out pretty quick.
Edward

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 30 Oct 2011 11:38
by fromdownunder
Global Administrator wrote:Yikes.

Have just done a quick summary of the value of my junk here - https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=3636

And it tots up to -

$536,864,567,134,776,332,153,864.07
Glen, can I please have The Box back?
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https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=20112

Norm

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 30 Oct 2011 15:08
by AndrewWalker
You could cover a good bit of the Great Wall of China with that lot!!

Andrew

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 31 Oct 2011 00:27
by gavin-h
passport_collect wrote:I've nominated it for deletion on Wikipedia. Luckily most self-promotion like this gets found out pretty quick.
Edward
While you're waiting for them, can't you just edit all the "dubious" content out of it? :idea:

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 31 Oct 2011 00:44
by passport_collect
Well, I could, but more edits gives it a sort of legitimacy. I can only spend a limited amount of time on Wikipedia, and there is so much that needs fixing! For this sort of article, the "speedy delete" route is probably the way to have gone.

Edward

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 31 Oct 2011 01:04
by gavin-h
Sorry, Edward, I was too subtle there.

My idea for editing the "dubious" content would be to enter edit mode, put the cursor at the top of the page, highlight everything from there to the bottom, then press delete :wink:

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 31 Oct 2011 01:16
by GlenStephens
My Gawd .. have you seen some of the deletion debate that goes on there?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion ... t_feminism

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 31 Oct 2011 08:52
by CHzug1291
Mosaic's from "surplus stamps" have been exhibited by bumbi, a member here last year in Switzerland and.....won the first price!

I will show only 3 pages here and hope, that my friend want mind, me showing some of his work :shock:

He used the 85 cents "Train station clock" issued 2003 Zumstein # 1108
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First page:
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second page
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third page
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fourth page
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This is only one part of the 12 page exhibition.

If anyone is interested to see more, just ask bumbi, I am sure he will show us all the pages, even with English translation! :wink:

Peter

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 31 Oct 2011 17:55
by aethelwulf
Creative work there!

Makes me think of the Star Wars "jump into hyperspace", the whole stretching of space-time.

This is a great way to make use of stamps that would otherwise just sit around as bundleware, getting bought-sold by people with ideas of becoming a dealer, or who are just hoarders.

That "mosaic" in the OP, as art it's pretty sad. A beginner's world mix packet; the way its laid out it even looks the way they used to be sold, laid out flat on a sheet of cardboard and shrinkwrapped. Where's the label in the corner saying "200 different World stamps, $4.95"? :mrgreen:

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 10:41
by Spencer
The article on Wikipedia has now been deleted :lol:

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Ebu-Arts

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 10:48
by fromdownunder
Oh Rats! You see I have this box of stamps at home...

Norm

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 11:03
by Allanswood
Pot of glue, stick of dynamite, 1 box of stamps and violá; philatage-arts. :wink:

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 11:36
by muruk
Wikipedia Commentary wrote:many of them are rare and valuable, thus contributing to the pricing of the piece.
Glen's always telling us to make sure our stamps get fair value for loved ones after we depart.

Try this concept ... just glue your valuable stamps to the wall of your house to increase its value. Better add a coat of weatherproof varnish as well. :mrgreen:

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 12:56
by CHzug1291
Allanswood wrote:
Glen's always telling us to make sure our stamps get fair value for loved ones after we depart.

Try this concept ... just glue your valuable stamps to the wall of your house to increase its value. Better add a coat of weatherproof varnish as well.
That is exactly what I am doing, using Araldite AW 106 part A with Hardener HY 956 and some thixotrpic agent (2%) of mix.
Available as Kit 106
http://www.meury.com.au/ProductDisplay.asp?PID=22

For the varnish a clear poly-urethane "Smooth-on" Cristal Clear 200 with UV Inhibitor!

http://www.rowetrading.com.au/smooth_CristalClearSeries.html

This will ensure a guaranteed life-time of the artwork for 100 years!


It also makes Glen's valuation much easier when I am gone :lol: :lol:

Peter :wink:

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 13:13
by Allanswood
Well it's not hard to value something at $0 :lol:

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 13:35
by fromdownunder
On a serious note, thank you Spencer for making the effort and getting this travesty off Wiki.

Norm

Stamps as Art

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 02:08
by Drew
I ran across these when the paper catalog came to my house last week:

https://www.ethanallen.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-ethanal ... n_US&site=

Personally, I think I would have made other choices if I was responsible for making prints of stampts to sell as art, especially for this price - $US399 a framed stamp.
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Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 05:28
by aethelwulf
USD$399 for those? :shock:

Certainly an 'odd' selection of stamps--a Costa Rica official ovpt, Portuguese India, various other colonial/Latin American items, from the look of the 9-piece display.

Where's 19th century US issues? European? Pictorials from anywhere? The basic Costa Rica would be more interesting than having the design obscured by the Official ovpt. One of them has a used stamp with a barred cancel as the source material.

Guess the designer was going for the "exotic"...but in that case, they could have used China Dragons, Belgian Congo pictorials, Brit Empire pictorial definitives...Canada Post has renewed copyright over issues going back decades, but there should be lots of things 'available' out there.

Re: Stamp "art" for $60,000

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 06:15
by Machaggis52
Global Administrator wrote:Yikes.

Have just done a quick summary of the value of my junk here - http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=3636

And it tots up to -

$536,864,567,134,776,332,153,864.07

Call it a level 500 trillion and its a deal. :D

Has anyone seen or heard of "Stamp art" before ?

Posted: 06 Jun 2015 05:38
by wal
Hi All,
Just wondering if anyone has seen these around before ?
Seams to be a limited edition

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Re: Has anyone seen or heard of "Stamp art" before ?

Posted: 07 Jun 2015 10:24
by oldguy
I haven't seen this specific Stamp-Art before, but I believe it was just an "affiliated product" available from the Australian Post system sort of like the United States Postal Service sells "affiliated products" like the one you possess. See this link https://store.usps.com/store/browse/category.jsp?categoryId=stamp-gifts to USPS available "Gifts".

Part of the clue is in the notice on the back side in the upper right hand corner.

Re: Has anyone seen or heard of "Stamp art" before ?

Posted: 07 Jun 2015 16:03
by jaywalker
Yep...

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Similar page on reverse - above is "AE17 Print Number 17"

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Re: Has anyone seen or heard of "Stamp art" before ?

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 06:20
by doug2222usa
Here is a book (published 1960) with a little different take on stamp art, i.e., using cut-up pieces of stamps to form a sort of visual mosaic. Scans show front cover, back cover, and title page.

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Author, Lore Collin. Library of Congress #60-8078, 32pp. Probably out-of-print.

Re: Has anyone seen or heard of "Stamp art" before ?

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 14:49
by BigSaint
wal wrote:Hi All,
Just wondering if anyone has seen these around before ?
Seams to be a limited edition

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Wal

I have one of these for the 1960 Melbourne Cup. It is packed away in a box at the moment following a move but I will post a "pic" when I unpack it.

Brad :)

Re: Has anyone seen or heard of "Stamp art" before ?

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 20:03
by tritrek
If the question concerns these very pictures and/or Australian stamps explicitly, then I do not know.

However if you are talking about stamp art in general, then I can mention the famous bird paintings of Andre Buzin (Belgium) who is a known artist to paint many stamp designs, mostly for Belgian Post but also for other countries.
I do have a few prints of his artworks that were used to produce stamps.

Re: Has anyone seen or heard of "Stamp art" before ?

Posted: 09 Jun 2015 13:58
by wal
Thanks for the information guys !

Re: Has anyone seen or heard of "Stamp art" before ?

Posted: 09 Jun 2015 18:11
by Stan
Eons ago I remember reading that in Victorian times it was common place to use postage stamps as decoration on such items as table tops.
I recall that one industrious young lady wall papered an entire room, of unknown size, with Penny Reds.

Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 21:14
by JonEboy
Recently I notched up another year and unbeknown to me my lovely daughter, who is currently studying Fine Art at University, listened to me when I was telling her about how much I like the work of Pierre Gandon, especially the French Air stamp from 1949 with the Gull over the city.

This is what I unwrapped for my birthday....

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To say I was astonished is an understatement. She has simply painted her version of the stamp (more blue than green) and managed to capture most of the detail of the original, including Gandon's signature.

Just wanted to share this with everyone :D

Jon

PS - Commissions are available :lol:

Re: Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 21:18
by Philexx
Wow Jon, that is beautiful! She definitely has a lot of talent.

Edit: and a belated Happy Birthday :D

Re: Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 21:24
by goof
Fantastic, the best type of present. Lots of thought and clearly hours of effort.

You must be proud to have such a talent in your daughter.

Regards
Mick

Re: Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 21:39
by Girish Vaidya
beautifully done :D :D

happy birthday to you!!

Girish Vaidya

Re: Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 22:45
by HayeSmyth
I can imagine how delighted you are; just marvellous!

I know how difficult it is to do this sort of artwork. What did she use? Ink, watercolour? Is this large enough to be framed?

Re: Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 23:22
by JonEboy
Thanks all and yes I am hugely proud.

To answer the size question here it is
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Currently in a 10 x 8 frame it was painted using acrylics. I printed out an a4 copy of the stamp on paper and she painted it on canvass.

She did one earlier this year as a present for someone and that looked amazing.

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Seems like she's quite good at these!

Jon

Re: Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 13 Dec 2015 23:31
by HayeSmyth
JonEboy wrote: PS - Commissions are available :lol:
You may have said this jokingly but I'd imagine your daughter could find some customers on this site.

Re: Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 14 Dec 2015 00:09
by MrSamoa
A most thoughtful gift.

Happy birthday

Re: Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 14 Dec 2015 00:17
by kuikka
Delayed happy birthday Jon.

Your daughter is clearly a better painter than me :lol: . But I studied engineering, not fine arts (no chance for me to get in to study fine arts). Very nice prevent.

Kimmo

Re: Sharing my Stamp Art birthday present

Posted: 14 Dec 2015 00:22
by ewen s
Happy birthday Jon, and you must be so (deservedly) proud 8)

Re: Has anyone seen or heard of "Stamp art" before ?

Posted: 24 Jan 2018 02:03
by gavin-h
doug2222usa wrote:Here is a book (published 1960) with a little different take on stamp art, i.e., using cut-up pieces of stamps to form a sort of visual mosaic. Scans show front cover, back cover, and title page.

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Author, Lore Collin. Library of Congress #60-8078, 32pp. Probably out-of-print.
I bet they soon stopped selling that after all those stamp collectors turned up at the publishers with their pitchforks and burning torches. :lol:

Re: "Art" piece made from postage stamps allegedly sold $US6

Posted: 29 Mar 2018 09:36
by BigSaint
All Photobucket “Ransom” images above have been replaced, and saved forever.

Brad :)

Re: Examples of "Art" pieces made entirely from postage stam

Posted: 29 Mar 2018 09:48
by Global Admin
Well done Brad. :mrgreen:

Saw the below posted elsewhere -

With altered cricket balls being in the news this week I saw this this website/art-gallery by Suzanne: https://www.artstamped.com/gallery

Love the 1st picture on the gallery, very topical. Group of genuine cricket balls with the "seams filed down" and covered in genuine GB 1d reds. :wink:

Bet they would swing all over the place :lol: :lol:

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We had a few other threads on stamps used as art -- does anyone recall them - I'll merge them all into this one thread if members add links. 8)

Glen
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Re: Examples of "Art" pieces made entirely from postage stam

Posted: 29 Mar 2018 10:29
by Global Admin
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I wrote about a STAMP COVERED Trabant in one of my "Stamp News" columns! - used by a German dealer for advertising purposes.

https://www.glenstephens.com/snoctober07.html

Glen

Re: Examples of "Art" pieces made entirely from postage stam

Posted: 29 Mar 2018 10:44
by Ubobo.R.O.
Watch out Glen. Margo might get an idea! :shock:

Re: Examples of "Art" pieces made entirely from postage stam

Posted: 21 Feb 2020 12:20
by barryfe
This month's Kelleher's Stamp Collector's Quarterly has a nice article with old examples of stamp art. The magazine is available for viewing on their web site.

https://www.kelleherauctions.com/magazine/kcc_021/index.htm

Here's a screen shot of a 1914 book that was published with art projects using stamps.

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Re: Examples of "Art" pieces made entirely from postage stamps

Posted: 02 Oct 2023 20:22
by norvic
Acting as receiving agent for a client in China, I receive many cards from eBay/Delcampe sellers who won't ship there.

Here are the latest to arrive, all from early in the last century with designs made from a combination of painting and stamps.

Her Majesty being taken for a ride.
Her Majesty being taken for a ride.
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China postcard made of stamps 5.jpeg

Re: Examples of "Art" pieces made entirely from postage stamps

Posted: 02 Oct 2023 20:24
by norvic
And three more

China postcard made of stamps 1.jpeg
China postcard made of stamps 2.jpeg
Picture postcards with designs made of a combination of water-colour, ink, and Chinese and foreign stamps.
Picture postcards with designs made of a combination of water-colour, ink, and Chinese and foreign stamps.
How many countries' stamps can you see?