Vintage postcards on canvas

58 x 78cm


A collection of original, vintage British postcards arranged on painted canvas with a cut three-dimensional element. The work is mounted behind glass within a white, wooden frame.

Using only postcards with a purple Queen Elizabeth II stamp, these mid-century finds have been organised in a grid-like formation showing only the reverse sides. Sunken circles offer contrast to the surrounding rectangular shapes that house them.

The items evoke an era of holidaying in British seaside towns before the advent of affordable continental flights. Posted from various different destinations within the UK at the time, each card’s handwritten message includes the line ‘having a nice time’.

With their own personal and individual histories, these postcards have now been brought together to form a new dialogue for the present day.

© Adam Robinson