Thursday, April 6, 2017

Isle of Man 2017 - The Hearts of Ellan Vannin

ISSUE DATE: 19 January 2017
STAMP THEME: The Hearts of Ellan Vannin
 STAMP SIZE: 42 x 28 mm

Ellan Vannin is a Isle of Man in Manx language. Manx also known as Manx Gaelic, and also historically spelled Manks, is a Goidelic Celtic language of the Indo-European language family, historically spoken by the Manx people. Only a small minority of the Isle of Man's population is fluent in the language, but a larger minority has some knowledge of it and Manx is considered an important part of the island's culture and heritage.

Set of six stamps by Manx artist and designer Adam Berry featuring some of the Island's most beautiful towns and villages. Adam's graphic style is a nod to the golden age of the tourist and transport poster of the twentieth century, when the Island was a leading destination for British seaside holidaymakers.

Adam is a full time artist and graphic designer, born and bred on the Isle of Man. Raised in Onchan, taking an interest in art from a young age, following in his parents' footsteps, both of whom attended the almost-legendary Kensington Road Art School in Douglas.

Adam exhibits regularly on the Isle of Man and his exhibition Hullabaloo was the product of a year as Artist in Residence at The Sayle Gallery in Douglas. Aside from the crisp flat graphic style that he has employed for the stamps, he has used psychedelic colours, flowing shapes and pointillism in his paintings and design commissions which has led to a bright, detailed, fresh look at the Isle of Man.

Stamps feature:
• Peel Castle and Harbour (1st – This is also a Europa Stamp)
• Castle Rushen and Castletown Harbour (EU – This is a Europa Stamp)
• Boats at Onchan Pleasure Park (95p)
• Ramsey Swing Bridge (£1.24)
• Port St Mary Harbour (£1.27)
• Bradda Glen in Port Erin (£2.33)



Stamp images and description thanks to Isle of Man Post Office

Isle of Man Stamps