The Isle of Man Post Office issued a set of six stamps in August featuring the artwork of world-renowned artist, designer, and publisher Roger Dean.
The stamps in six different rates include one, the 45-cent stamp, that is based on a painting, Meeting Place, that is inspired by the island itself. The painting is part of an exhibition that runs through November 19 at Manx Museum in Douglas.
The 77-cent stamp has artwork titled Blind Owl Late Landing, using artwork from the as-yet released album Blind Owl from the rock group Yes. Dean, 72, has created more than 100 pieces of album art. Aside from Yes, clients have included Asia, the London Symphony Orchestra, and Rick Wakeman.
The other four stamps feature artwork from previously released record albums. Artwork from three Yes albums appears on the stamps as Pathways (95 cents), Green Parrot Island (£1.24), and Tales from Topographic Ocean (£1.69). The artwork from Sea of Light (£2.08), is a piece taken from a Uriah Heep album cover.
The set of stamps and art exhibit — called the Islands and Bridges collection — is part of a collaboration between the artist, the Post Office and Manx National Heritage.
“Of all the ways and in all forms that I have shown my work, this project has been one of the most exciting for me,” Roger says of the collection on the It’s Nice That website. “My paintings are landscapes that are mostly inaccessible; stamps are the means of paying for the passage of messages from place to place, I love the purposefulness of that.”
The Isle of Man Post Office can be found online at www.iompost.com.