Artist Peter Mason, renowned for his portraits of A-list celebrities and politicians including Sir Cliff Richard, Simon Cowell and Margaret Thatcher, will use thousands of recycled stamps to re-create the iconic Machin Stamp portrait.

Peter, who references Pop Art and graphics in his practice, uses the stamps as pixels in a larger image. Scale is paramount in viewing and understanding Peter’s work.  Peter chooses to use postage stamps and place them so that their usual significance becomes obscure, enabling the audience to see ‘art’ with new eyes.
The artwork will take over 400 hours to complete and will be unveiled by Peter on 25 May 2012 in Whiteleys Shopping Centre atrium and will be open to the public until 28 August 2012.

Family-friendly craft workshops will be held to coincide with the exhibition on 3 June 2012. Children will be able to create their own version of the Queen’s famous crown, as well as hearing a special reading of the classic children’s book, The Queen’s Knickers.

The Whiteleys Queen installation is unveiled on 25 May and will be available to see until 28August 2012. Please visit www.whiteleys.com for further details.

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My name is Peter R. Mason and I studied Fine Art at Stafford College of Art, Leeds University gaining my masters at Birmingham University. I am now known as the Post Pop Art Man as I create images with used postage stamps. I am inspired by the Pop Art movement and particularly admire the works of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. My portraits and images are created by recycling postage stamps into pixelated images to create portraits and designs both figurative and non-representational. I have work owned and commissioned by clients in America, Australia, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal as well as in the UK.

  • I was commissioned by Whiteley’s Shopping Centre in Bayswater, to create a portrait of the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. This is one of my largest stamp image  measuring 305 cm x 488 cm, using over 30,000 stamps and hung in the Central Atrium within Whiteleys.
  • Another large portrait of the Queen was created to celebrate her nine decades as monarch and is made from nine 92 cm square canvases using 30,001 stamps.
  • ‘The Sergeant Pepper Diptych’ has been displayed in several Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ attractions.  [View in ‘Archive 2’]
  • A portrait of Grace Jones was featured in the Post Colonial Exhibition at the Stanley Gibbons’ flagship store in the Strand, London. [View in ‘Celebrities’]
  • Amongst the work I have created are several portraits of Royal Celebrities, receiving letters of thanks from Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace.
  • I have personally presented portraits to Sir Bruce Forsyth, Tom Baker and Sir Cliff Richard, together with the sporting personalities, Ron Atkinson and the former Ladies England cricket captain, Baroness Rachael Heyhoe-Flint. [View in ‘Celebrities’]
  • I have featured on several radio programmes and was invited to Channel Four and ITV television studios meeting Noel Edmonds, Paul O’Grady and Alan Titchmarsh to present them with their portraits. [View in ‘Celebrities’]
  • I have exhibited locally at the Museum of Cannock Chase and at the Art Gallery in Tetbury, The Knapp Gallery, London, The Gallery at 94 in London, The Art Lounge and McDermott Galleries in Birmingham and several works have been purchased and displayed by Ripley’s Galleries in the USA.
  • I am returned to the Museum of Cannock Chase in 2022.