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The World of Donald Evans Paperback – January, 1994

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Hardcover
Donald Evans' world was an amazing artistic creation of fictional stamps, painted in watercolour (to scale), in painstaking detail often in the manner of the classic 19th century engraved stamps from the foreign lands he collected as a boy. Evans' tragic death in a fire in Amsterdam, robbed us of a blossoming talent. His legacy is still substantial - over 4,000 stamps, from which this book is compiled.
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.
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The art world seems to cherish the large; large works, large personalities, large prices. That's why it's good to see the small celebrated, and in the work of Donald Evans, it is celebrated with such elan, that it's impossible to read this book without smiling and even laughing out loud.
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.
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The book arrived very quickly and in the exact condition I expected it. This artist is fascinating in his invention of fictitious nations often named after friends. The catalog sized book is full of postage stamps he painted in actual size as if they were issued by the same countries. Some stamps were franked and some had cancellations. A very unusual expression of artistic talent.
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This artist was unknown to me and I find his art and his process absolutely fascinating. If you are unfamiliar with Donald Evans, he creates countries, in all their complexity, and then designs postage stamps for them. The work is intricate and beautiful. The book has excellent photography. My one complaint is that I would love to see some of the images enlarged.

Truly an artist worthy of study and enjoyment. He died too young and deserves a wider audience.
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Donald Evans was an amazing artist - well beyond just the watercolor and paint. He managed to create histories, cultures and insights into places that seem so real, yet never really existed. His work reminds visually of creativity and expression graphically that Rudyard Kipling gave us with words.
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Donald Evans made postage stamps of imaginary countries. His work is exquisitely detailed and full of charm and whimsy. The book contains many full page color illustrations of his work and detailed commentaries of each illustration, discussing any source materials used as well as how the stamps related to his life. Evans' stamps were inspired by his friendships and the places he visited and loved. Sadly he died at a young age, in a fire in Amsterdam.
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Artist Donald Evans painted nearly 4,000 stamps from 42 imaginary nations, bearing dates from 1852 to 1973 before his death at age 31 in a fire in Amsterdam. "The stamps are a kind of diary or journal," he said. "It's vicarious traveling for me to a made-up world that I like better than the one that I'm in."

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
December, 2014
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