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Proofs, Nathan Cohen

Digital artwork editing: Reiko Kubota

Prints on paper





Postage stamps offer us a window onto the world. They also constitute collectively a remarkable and historical set of artworks that continue to fascinate and are collected by people globally. It is not easy to design an image that while so small can convey all the information required and in a way that is pictorially coherent and intriguing.

Nathan has created a small group of stamps in which he has played with the notion of ‘proof’, both in the philatelic sense of the word and by association with ‘science’ in the subject matter depicted. The Philatelic and Science collections at the British Library offer a unique insight into human imagination, creativity and ingenuity and have been a rich source of inspiration in the creation of these artworks.

OED definition of ‘proof’: n. fact or evidence or argument sufficing or helping to establish fact or truth of something; trial impression of printed matter.