Aland post issued a postage stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aland Art Museum. The stamp motif was chosen through a public vote between seven pre-selected works of art from the museum collection.
A vote organized in the spring of 2012 allowed voters to choose between seven works of art by Henrik Nylund, Guy Frisk, Sigrid Granfelt, Robert Hancock, Hildur Stenbäck, Ture Bengtz and Johan Scott. An expert group had selected the seven works of art that are all part of the art museum collection.
Votes could be cast at the Aland Art Museum, on the Post’s homepage and at the post office in Mariehamn. Guy Frisk’s painting ‘Yearning’ won with as much as 42 percent of the total of 1582 votes cast. The artwork is one of the most popular pieces in the museum collection.
The painting mediates a meditative force that captures the onlooker, enticing him or her to return to it. Painted in oil on panel between 1973 and 1975, the work measures 103 x 120 cm. The artwork is part of an extended series of around 400 paintings, the last of which is named ‘Sea of Oblivion’.
The Aland Art Museum is owned and administrated by the Government of Aland. Promoting knowledge about Aland art, stimulating artistic activities and increasing the general interest in the subject field are some of the core operations of the museum.
Title: Aland Art Museum 50 years
Date of Issue: 15 January 2013