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    Posted: 02 April 2010 at 03:55
Donald Evans, an American artist born in 1945 but died tragically young in a fire in 1977, must be unique among stamp artists in so far as his entire output of thousands of stamps was hand painted. He started painting stamps when he was a child and returned to it later in life. He created fantasy nations such as Mangiare, Republica de Banana and Pasta (although they were not all food based). Others included an African nation, Katibo featuring views and potraits and Fauna which featured Puffins and are very Lundy like.
 
Evans was celebrated during his lifetime with exhibitions in London, New York and Paris and when stamps come up for auction they achieve about £4,000 to £6,000 for a short set of stamps.
 
A highly recommended illustrated book was published by Abbeville, The World of Donald Evans by Willy Eisenhart in 1980, revised 1994, ISBN 9781558597174.
 
I'm sure he remains a great inspiration to many cinderella stamp producers today.
 
Examples can be seen here:
 
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I've been a fan for many years, since I read an article about him in, of all things, World of Interiors magazine.  My copy of the mag is long gone, but I still have the article.  I loved the sheer chutzpah of issuing stamps from a Banana Republic, and of having domino stamps.  To my mind, this man was the ULTIMATE cinderella designer.
With a memory full of ships, and seas, and perilous headlands, and the shining Pharos, he must apply his long sighted eyes to the petty niceties of drawing. - Robert Louis Stevenson
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Those examples show a pleasing and consistent style. I doubt that I'll be bidding for any though
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Susanne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2010 at 07:42
Love the one with the lobster!  Don't know why.  The ones with two images make me feel as if I'm missing some hidden meaning.
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I clicked on the examples to hopefully magnify them, but was presented with more examples of the stamps. all very nice. But a bit out of my price range
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Originally posted by Jonty Jonty wrote:

I clicked on the examples to hopefully magnify them, but was presented with more examples of the stamps. all very nice. But a bit out of my price range


Hi Jonty

If you want to look closer you can press CNTRL down and use the Mouse Wheel to enlarge

I also noticed links to more just below

Nadorp | Nadorp Post | Banana | Tropides Islands



Regards - Bas


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Hello, 
I loved Donald Evans stamps... I have the book mentioned at the beginning of this topic.
I remember that I made coloured photocopies of some pages  just to have few samples of his labels in my Cinderellas collection. I spent an unbelievable amount of money because at that time they were available only black and white photocopiers and each coloured photocopy cost as the rare "Guyana magenta"   Wink.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote toast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2010 at 09:20
Would agree with the responses here to the Eisenhart book on Evans. The scans don't do the images justice. Have a number of copies which I give as gifts. Find them regularly in the $5-$10 US range. If it didn't weigh so much would send one to the isles to start a lending library.

Can't remember the last time I saw an Evans stamp for sale... would appreciate a heads-up when/if anyone sights futures offerings.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bas S Warwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2010 at 11:20
Toast/Everyone.

You might like this Donald Evans postcard.

I would be interested in getting a real stamp to make it into a maximum card



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2012 at 07:59
I was lucky enough to be given some Donald Evans postcards at Christmas, but I wonder whether they might be copies and not originals. Does anyone here know whether there is a specialist who might be able to tell me?
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