Elvis Presley portrait made from postage stamps became a unique piece of art

January 16th, 2015

FindYourStampsValue.com got to know interesting info: on occasion of the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley a talented artist created a unique portrait of the King of Rock and Roll's entirely from stamps.

John Bottomley 67, is renowned for his ability to recreate legendary images using just postage stamps.

He has featured in the M.E.N. a number of times over the years, giving readers a glimpse at his creations of famous faces.

John, who along with his wife Helen, spends hours prising stamps from envelopes, has already created pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse. Last year he showed off his portrait of actor Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

This time, he chose to immortalize Elvis, who has recently turned 80.

John, from Clayton, is sent millions of stamps by fans every year, which he stores in dozens of boxes and tins around him home on Seymour Avenue.

His Jack Nicholson piece took more than 50 hours to complete and contained more than 2,000 stamps. John's latest creation is more simple, but no less impressive and has gone on display at Averill House care home in Newton Heath.

The retired dad of one said: "I've made three of the same image - I just thought it would be nice considering Elvis' birthday was coming up. I got the idea from an aunt who did a portrait of King George and thought stamps would be something a bit different as a material.

I've always had an interest in stamps, I used to collect them with my brother and now have quite a big collection - I have millions. It is a very unusual hobby. I'm halfway through a portrait of Cheryl Cole for charity.

It's very difficult, there is a lot involved in each portrait - from finding many different shades of the same colour of stamp, to picking canvasses and the right image".
The fruits of his labours have gone on display at various venues over the years, including arts centres and museums. Three-years-ago, John donated a canvas to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was set up in the singer's memory after she died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, aged just 27.

Elvis Presley portrait made from postage stamps