- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Abbeville Pr; 2 edition (January 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558597174
- ISBN-13: 978-1558597174
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evans' incredibly detailed, well-historied issues from his various "cinderella" countries are often so well rendered you'd think they were the real thing. If you were intrigued by the stamps on the letters and postcards in Nick Bantock's "Griffin and Sabine" trilogy, you're ready to enter the world of Donald Evans.
Evans was an artist whose work is almost entirely made up of faux postage stamps (postoids, as they're known in mail art circles) celebrating not only fictional countries, but the small things of everyday life: fruit, chickens, garlic, plants and flowers. His postal ephemera is vivid and dryly funny, and conforms to an internal logic and order that is awesome. Leaf through the book and enjoy the stamps from Achterdijk celebrating windmills, or the block of four pesto stamps from Mangiare. During his short life his output was prodigious, his imagination remarkable.
If you like the work of Nick Bantock, Donald Evans will be just your style.
Truly an artist worthy of study and enjoyment. He died too young and deserves a wider audience.
Willy Eisenhart: "On little paper rectangles he painted precise transcriptions of his life. He commemorated everything that was special to him, disguised in a code of stamps from his own imaginary countries -- each detailed with its own history, geography, climate, currency and customs -- all of it representative of the real world but, like real stamps, apart from it in calm tranquility."
Evans painted in watercolor, always with the same brush, always the size of actual stamps, and handled the paper with stamp tongs. He sometimes applied a fanciful postmark carved from a rubber eraser.
His 330 page stamp album -- " Catalogue of the World" -- recorded the name of the fictional country, the fictional date, the subject and occasion of the stamp's issue, and the date on which he had completed the painting.
He told the "Paris Review", "The more I do, the more crazy and minuscule the detail becomes and the more stamp like they become. And that intrigues me. ... One of the things I get excited about in making this work is that I try to make it look real."
As a life long stamp collector, this wonderful collection of "Cinderella stamps" inspires, intrigues and pleases me greatly. If you feel the same way, you might enjoy the stamps on the letters and postcards in The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy Boxed Set: Griffin & Sabine/Sabine's Notebook/The Golden Mean.
Robert C. Ross
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How wonderful to discover this! Donald was actually my best friend as a young boy in New Jersey. He died far too soon.Published 1 month ago by Alexander K.
Second copy of this book. First read was an Inter Library Loan and this one was to re read and pass on to an artist offspring.Published 7 months ago by stevew
The World of Donald Evans. Text by Willy Eisenhart. 1980.
When I look at the Donald Evans' stamps, I always remember at once many of the old French colonies' stamps. Read more
I bought this item as a holiday gift for my artist, sister. It was stated as used but in good condition. It looked like new. Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by nannvanuys