United States Postal Service

High denomination stamps

This series of four stamps was produced for the United States Postal Service in collaboration with art director Antonio Alcalá. The stamps feature entirely abstract designs, their complex patterns connoting high value, and their non-representational form inviting a multiplicity of interpretations. Each stamp was realized by overprinting thin lines in a variety of solid colors, which build up and create body. The effect is one of breathing color, the lines gently inhaling and exhaling. As a finishing touch, the large numerals are printed in intaglio, further underlining the quality and value of the stamps.