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Archibald Knox - The Watercolours 11 September 2009

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present this set of six stamps showcasing the virtuosity and expressive range of this truly great Manx artist.

While he is best known internationally as a designer of metalwork, in the Isle of Man he is remembered most as a watercolourist. Although he rarely signed or dated his paintings his unique style is easily identifiable to collectors.

He exhibited at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 1921, 1923 and 1925. It was there that his work was spotted by the director of the National Gallery of Canada and in 1926 he was invited to exhibit 80 watercolours at the National Gallery in Ottawa. Knox also had a major influence on all Manx artists of the 20th century. To name a few of international repute – Norman Sayle, Bryan Kneale, Michael Sandle and Toni Onley.

It was Norman Sayle who said of Knox “He painted because he had a spiritual dialogue with nature, his watercolours are a serious piece of interactive art.” Knox never sold his watercolours, they were only given to close friends as gifts. He regarded them as his studies in colour, it is said in the Isle of Man that "He could paint the wind.”

• The 56p stamp from this issue forms part of the SEPAC 2009 folder which is now available at £14.75 •

A fully illustrated press release is available here

The stamp issue and products can be viewed and purchased here

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