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Abstract Artist Ellsworth Kelly Honored by Upcoming USPS Stamps

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Abstract Artist Ellsworth Kelly Honored by Upcoming USPS Stamps U.S. Postal Service Honors the Art of Ellsworth Kelly with Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the career of artist Ellsworth Kelly with the issuance of 10 stamps celebrating his talent as a painter and sculptor. With these stamps, the Postal Service showcases examples of his wide-ranging body of work.
Ellsworth Kelly issues

On May 31, 2019, the U.S. Postal Service will hold a first day of issue ceremony for the Ellsworth Kelly Stamps at the Ellsworth Kelly Studio, in Spencertown, New York. The event is free and open to the public. Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at

Speakers for the May 31 first day of issue ceremony will include U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Marketing, Steven W. Monteith, and Kelly's husband and director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, photographer Jack Shear. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #EllsworthKelly and #EllsworthKellyStamps.

The new issues, designed by Art Director Derry Noyes, feature ten of Kelly’s artworks, each represented twice on the twenty-stamp sheet: “Yellow White” (1961), "Colors for a Large Wall" (1951), “Blue Red Rocker” (1963), “Spectrum I” (1953), “South Ferry” (1956), “Blue Green” (1962), “Orange Red Relief” (for Delphine Seyrig) (1990), "Meschers" (1951), “Red Blue” (1964), and “Gaza” (1956). A detail from “Blue Yellow Red III” (1971) appears in the selvage.

The Ellsworth Kelly stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Characterized by precise shapes rendered in bold, flat colors, Ellsworth Kelly’s art encompasses painting, sculpture and works on paper, drawing on careful observations of light and shadow, negative space and line and form. In painting shapes—like a tennis court, a smokestack on a tugboat, or the roof of a barn—as flat planes of color, Kelly removed their dimensionality and turned reality into abstraction. He was also one of the first artists to create shaped canvases and to integrate art with modern architecture, taking great care about the size of a painting, its boundaries, and its placement in relation to the walls and floor. To read more about Ellsworth Kelly and his work, check out his artist biography.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.