Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to issue this whimsical set of six stamps presenting the work of one of Isle of Man’s most individual and popular artists, Eileen Schaer. Widely recognised through her unique and peculiar art style, Eileen highlights her fascinating imagination and love of animals as she hopes her work brings joy to everyone. Each stamp showcases Eileen’s paintings, incorporating the mischievous and playful personality of its subjects, in particular the animals.
Eileen Schaer is a self-taught contemporary visual artist and painter whose artistic career spans for nearly 50 years. Her magical paintings depict Eileen’s unique imagination of dreamlike worlds and intriguing characters. At first glance her paintings would appear childlike but it is precisely this quality of innocence and spontaneity that her admirers and collectors like so much.
She has worked and exhibited consistently all her adult life and has work in many private and public collections. She has been represented in numerous mixed thematic exhibitions in academic, commercial and public galleries in such diverse locations such as India, Switzerland, London and Liverpool.
Eileen hails from Liverpool where she was born, raised and educated. After meeting her husband, the late artist and teacher David Fletcher, they lived in London for a number of years before eventually deciding to move to the Isle of Man in 1975.
Continuing their life on the Isle of Man, David moved onto becoming a Course Leader for the Arts Foundation Course at the IOM College for many years. Together with their two children, they lived next door to the Laxey Woollen Mills surrounded with the distinctive sound of a rookery nearby which these birds have often been featured in Eileen’s work. Being an aesthete couple, Eileen and David became very active and a positive presence within the Manx contemporary art scene by inspiring, exhibiting and promoting the work of generations of young Manx students and graduates.
The stamps highlight Eileen’s love of animals. The animals are set in an imaginary setting either alone or in human company. She hopes her paintings are uplifting and bring joy so that they can take life out of its mediocrity which she thinks is essential during these dark times.
Eileen has worked in a variety of media over the years: from meticulous tiny gouache paintings to large scale oil paintings, painted sculpture and lino-cut prints. Our stamp images represent paintings in acrylic on board, with the imagery extending over the risen frame of each piece.
Completing the set, Michael’s 20th Century War Memorial sculpture in bronze was four years in the making and is part of the Tate Gallery collection in London.