By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane

A RETIRED art teacher revives pop art by mimicking the dot technique - however there is one crucial difference

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Peter Mason arranges the stamps by colour and design before gluing them onto the surface

Instead of dots, these portraits of the Monarch are made up of thousands of miniature, side profiles of Her Majesty - stamps.
The artist behind the pieces, Peter Mason said: "I was greatly influenced at art college by pop art and the bright colours of stamps allowed me to reproduce several pieces of Warhol type designs.

"My hero is Roy Lichtenstein however, and I have used several of his famous works as tributes to him."

The meticulous process begins by the artist drawing up the image he will produce; he then divides the surface into stamp-sized rectangles. 

Peter also creates portraits of public figures and celebrities - such as Bob Dylan
The art gave the retired art teacher a new lease of life

Stamps are sorted by colour, design and pattern and finally Peter begins creating his striking works.  

The Staffordshire born artist has made portraits of public figures such as Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and David Bowie.

Peter said: “Being retired gave me a new lease of life and I began to work on portraits of well known celebrities who I thought could have retired, but instead still had a lot to offer and continued to work hard and inspire others.” 

One of those celebrates was presenter and national treasure Bruce Forsythe.

The artist's largest piece created for the diamond jubilee contains 30,000 stamps
The British artist's inspiration derives from 1960's pop art

Peter said: "One of my 'first' was Bruce Forsyth and I decided that I would contact him and present him with the portrait for his 80th birthday. He was thrilled and a marvellous person to meet."
The Royal Family is a regular muse for this modern day pop artist, especially the Queen.

The British artist said: “The significance of the Queen to me and my work can be found in the answer to this question - "What is the most widely reproduced single work of art in history?” It is of course the ‘Queen,’ whose portrait on the common postage stamp is issued by the million, annually! So what better medium than the stamp to use?”

Taking approximately a month, these portraits contain 3000 – 4000 stamps, however Peter’s largest piece, ‘Whiteley’s Queen’ contains ten times this.

The pop artist said: “To date, with all the work completed I must be approaching a million stamps worth of designs.”

To see more of The Post Pop Art Man’s work visit http://thepostpopartman.co.uk