Iceland Christmas issue on November 2nd

At Postphil Iceland Post, we are very busy preparing the last issue of the year, which is coming up on November 2nd with lots of goodies on the way, right on time for Christmas! :-)

Seven new stamps will be issued in two series, also our annual stamp yearpack and FDC year pack, and our very own collectible Christmas ornament!

Stamp set 655, designed by Hlynur Ólafsson, is the eighth in the series on Icelandic Art – this time, the theme is “Lyrical Abstraction in the 1950s and 1960s”

655sett - Icelandic Art VIII – Lyrical Abstraction in the 1950s and 1960s

655sett – Icelandic Art VIII – Lyrical Abstraction in the 1950s and 1960s

Kristján Davíðsson – Painting, 1958
Hafsteinn Austmann – No name, 1970
Eiríkur Smith – Composition, 1965
Gerður Helgadóttir – Organ fugue, 1960

For most of the 1950s, geometric abstraction had a strong appeal to those Icelandic artists who thought of themselves as progressives. To the public at large and most conservative cultural arbiters it was a largely alien concept, but it enjoyed the support of a new generation of critics.

During the second half of the decade, the ideological and conceptual precepts of geometric abstraction were increasingly called into question internationally. Critics began to question its formal constrains, seeing them as obstacles to the free flow of ideas and emotions. In France, where many Icelandic artists had studied, a new and spontaneous form of abstraction came to the fore. French art reviews such as Cimaise, which many Icelandic artists subscribed to, began to publish articles on this  „free-form“, „improvised“ or „formless“ abstract art. 

There are strong lyrical evocations of nature in this art, where in many cases the use of textures is inspired by the landscape and nature directly surrounding the artist – for instance, the bronze sculptures of Gerður Helgadóttir and the geometric painting of Eirikur Smith are influenced by the flowing and still lava… Thus the lyrical abstraction of the 1950s can be regarded as an abstract extension of traditional landscape art in Iceland.

This year, our Christmas stamps were designed by Linda Ólafsdóttir. The main theme for 2017 is Children and the Icelandic Yule lads and the stamps depict scenes of joyful expectation and excitement and reflect the fun and happiness inherent to children around Advent and the Christmas period. 

656sett - Christmas stamps - self-adhesive

656sett – Christmas stamps – self-adhesive

Linda’s soft pencil perfectly and sensitively portrays the children’s expectation, joy and playfulness on these carefully detailed stamps, giving us feelings of excitement and of glee – a great combo for Christmas stamps!

Once again part of the issue this year is Iceland Post’s Christmas ornament. These collectibles have been issued almost yearly since 2006 and have been very popular from the start. Like in 2011, this year the Christmas ornaments were designed by Guðbjörg Ringsted who found her inspiration in the rich cultural heritage of goldwork, which plays an important part in the Icelandic national costume. 

J17G - Christmas ornament 2017

J17G – Christmas ornament 2017

Last but not least part of the November issue are the 2017 stamp yearpack and First Day Cover pack.

2017 stamp year pack

2017 stamp year pack

 

2017 FDC pack

2017 FDC pack

You can order all stamps and related products by visiting www.stamps.postur.is or contacting us at +354-580-1050 from 9-16.00 Icelandic time :-)

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