IN A first for Moranbah, the Coalface Art Gallery is set to host an exhibition made entirely out of postage stamps.

During the months of March and April, Queensland artist Marlies Oakley will showcase 22 portraits made from recycled postage stamps.

Using images from popular culture, Oakley recreates well known images from around the world including topics like art, pop culture, politics and world history.

The talented artist said she had many collage portraits in her collection including David Bowie and Barack Obama.

“So there are portraits in there of Bob Marley, Frida Kahlo and Nick Cave,” she said.

One of the challenges in creating her art is making sure she picks an image iconic enough to be instantly recognisable.

Isaac Regional Council mayor Anne Baker said the council was thrilled to have the exhibition at the Moranbah gallery.

“This is a really unique exhibition. It gets the viewer thinking about recycling and reusing,” Councillor Baker said.

Oakley said the idea for the series began when she had run out of art supplies one day.

“All I had were little postage stamps with the Queen’s face on them. So I created a portrait of the Queen in trading card size using the Queen’s face on postage stamps,” she said.

Oakley said each portrait was made up of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of stamps.

“It’s a detailed process where I have to soak, cut, paste and glue each individual stamp,” she said.

“But it’s a labour of love, I enjoy reinventing history.”

The Nothing New? exhibition is free and open at Coalface Art Gallery from March 4 to April 24.

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