This year’s stamp booklet presents contemporary art in Åland

Åland contemporary 2022 booklet

9 June sees Åland Post’s issue of the 2022 stamp booklet Åland Contemporary presenting art by seven present-day Åland artists. To find the best selection of artwork, Åland Post was assisted by Susanne Procopé-Ilmonen of the Åland Art Museum and Leila Cromwell-Morgan Lönnroth of Gallery Skarpans. “I find it very positive that Åland Post has invested in this theme right now. Åland has a thriving art life with surprisingly many artists in a small population,” Leila Cromwell-Morgan Lönnroth says.

The term contemporary is used for all present-day or modern art, and the group decided to include only works from the last 20 years in the selection. “To me, it was important to highlight the breadth of today’s Åland art life, of course, also in terms of gender and age. And to produce an appealing booklet in which the works function individually and as a whole. I’ve learned that not all works are suitable for the small format,” Leila Cromwell-Morgan Lönnroth says.

Susanne Procopé-Ilmonen adds: “It was also important to present different techniques such as sculpture, photography, painting, graphics, and textile art. It was rewarding to be part of the working group, and we had interesting discussions about what is currently happening in the Åland art scene and how we could convey this in our selection. We have an interesting art scene of younger and older artists with varying expressions. Nature motifs are popular, but they also depict sensitive and controversial topics, and Åland art thereby participates in the contemporary debate.”

Seven different stamps are included the booklet Åland Contemporary. The works of art included are from above:

  • Tiina Tahvanainen: Åland originals, Borghill Lindholm, photo, 2007
  • Gunnar Sjöblom: Japanese lantern, photopolymer engraving, 2008
  • Kurt Simons: Augur I, geometric abstraction, acrylic on canvas, 2010
  • Minna Öberg: #sniffingaround3, oil on panel, 2019
  • Barbro Eriksson: Sacrificial cardigan, concept art, mixed media, embroidery & crochet, 2021
  • Erica Signell: All over the place, oil & acrylic, 2018
  • Johan Karlsson: Rooster, sculpture, scrap metal, 2019

Order the booklet and first day cover at, by post to Åland Post Stamps, P.O. box 1100, AX-22111 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland, e-mail stamps(a) or telephone: +358 18636641.

Date of issue9 June 2022
ArtistsBarbro Eriksson, Johan Karlsson, Erica Signell, Kurt Simons, Gunnar Sjöblom, Tiina Tahvanainen & Minna Öberg
DesignJohanna Finne
Edition25 000 booklets
Denomination7 x €3.20
Stamp sizes31 x 28.5 mm, 31 x 40.5 mm, 62 x 41 mm
Size folded booklert62 x 84 mm
Paper110 g/m²
Perforation13 per 2 cm
Printing process5-colour offset
Printing houseCartor Security Printing