Mr. Walker Faroe Islands Stamp

The Mr. Walker stamp was released by Postverk Føroya in Faroe Islands on the 24 of September, 2012. The stamp is part of a set of 2 stamps which were released for public use featuring Nordic Contemporary Art. Only the one stamp features Mr. Walker.

The idea for the two Faroese stamps comes from Niels Halm, director of the Nordic House in Tórshavn, and gives Postverk Føroya an opportunity to play a part in the world of contemporary Nordic art. Normally, only stamps by Faroese artists are released in the Faroe Islands. This time, however, these 2 stamps feature a Swede’s paraphrase of a Faroese artist’s work and vice versa, making this a groundbreaking joint Nordic project.

Printed by Postverk Føroya’s official printer, Cartor Security Printing, the stamps measure 34.22mm x 38.50mm and carry a denomination of 13DKK and 21DKK.

Mr. Walker On The Faroes

Entitled ‘Mr. Walker on the Faroe Island’, created by the Swedish artist, Jan Hafström (born 1937). The motif is a man turned half away from the viewer, disguised with a hat and a pair of dark sunglasses.

Mr. Walker faces a typical Faroese landscape. The small, light-green houses are located between a road and a waterfall that flows milky-white over the edge of a cliff. The waterfall stops abruptly at a characteristic vertical cliff, as seen so often in the Faroe Islands. We cannot see the sea, because the man is blocking our view, but everyone who has experienced the Faroe Islands can envision it outside of the picture frame.

Egg Procession For Jan

Entitled ‘Egg Procession for Jan’, created by the Faroe Islands born artist Edward Fuglø (born 1965). The motif is a bird egg, a recurring motif in his artistic work, which includes a range of media and sometimes also comes to expression in three dimensions.

The giant bird egg can be interpreted partly as a national symbol of bird hunting, which is prevalent in the Faroe Islands, and partly as a symbol of fertility, nature and hope for the future. The large egg is carried by a monk in a cowl, who leads a procession of three other monks in cowls. Two of the monks are holding a burning torch so close to the egg that it has become red hot. The last monk is holding a long stick in his hand. The monks’ faces are completely covered and they seem mysterious.

A first day cover envelope was released by Postverk Føroya’s featuring the stamp set. We also see the postal office ink stamp feature the Mr. Walker image.