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Artist makes Obama stamp portrait

The Barack Obama portrait
The portrait is made from about 2,000 used postage stamps

A Staffordshire artist has created a stamp portrait of Barack Obama that he hopes to give to him personally.

The 3ft (90cms) by 4ft (1.2m) image of the US president-elect is made from about 2,000 recycled postage stamps.

Artist Pete Mason, 65, said he made it to celebrate Mr Obama winning the Democrat's presidential nomination and finished it for Tuesday's inauguration.

Mr Mason said he had written to his MP asking to meet Mr Obama the next time he was visiting Gordon Brown in the UK.

The ex-teacher, from Hednesford, near Cannock Chase, said: "It is inevitable that he will visit Gordon Brown and I want to be there.

Pete Mason is known as the Post Pop Art Man

I have received a reply from my MP Tony Wright to say he had passed on my request."

Mr Mason, who retired from Kingsmead School, in Hednesford, at Christmas, said many of his pupils as well as staff had donated stamps for the work and friends in the US had also sent American stamps for him to use.

The portrait is due to go on display at the Art Lounge in The Mailbox in Birmingham from Tuesday.

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