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Zacharias Heinesen
* 1936

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Zacharias Heinesen was born in Tórshavn in 1936 as son of the writer and artist William Heinesen, and has today a central position in modern Faeroese painting.  During 1958-59 he was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Reykjavik (Iceland), and later (1959-62) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.  

In 1962 he established his own atelier in Tórshavn, from where he has worked ever since.  From his studio, placed on a hilltop he has a wide view of the city and the harbour, which are central motifs for this artist, who works with oil paintings, water colours, wood cuts, drawings, paper-collages, and lithographs.  In his later years Heinesen has specialized in landscapes, his palette being clearly inspired by Matisse and Picasso.  

Zacharias Heinesen. Photograph.

On 11th June 2001 Postverk Foroya issued a set of four stamps showing modern works by this painter.  .

Faeroe Islands 2001. Expressionism. Zacharias Heinesen. The Artist's Mother.

The Artist's Mother 
(oil painting 1992)

Faeroe Islands 2001. Expressionism. Zacharias Heinesen. Tinganes, Tórshavn.

Tinganes, Tórshavn 
(oil painting 1974)

Faeroe Islands 2001. Expressionism. Zacharias Heinesen. View of Vágur.

View of Vágur
(oil painting 2000)

Faeroe Islands 2001. Expressionism. Zacharias Heinesen. Sólarris.

Sólarris 
(oil painting 1975)

In his landscape paintings he focuses on the intensity of the colours and the vibrant life  depicted on his canvas, all with swift, dense brush-strokes. The fronts of the houses, with their their facades and roofs, all form a pattern of small, individual surfaces together with the small lots of land surrounding the village.  This composition continues into the beveled structure of the mountains and the amorphous shapes of the cloud formations. 

Vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines, signaling the outlines of the houses and the boundaries between the land lots, all show the cubistic rhythm and movement of the painting.  The main colours are mainly orchestrated in blue-green shades together with hints of red, yellow and ochre, giving emphasis to the Faeroese nature.  

Zacharias Heinesen. Expressionism. Inland Village 2001. Zacharias Heinesen. Expressionism. Mail Boat 2001.

Faeroe Islands 1987. Zacharias Heinesen. Expressionism. East Bay of Tórshavn.

Faeroe Islands 1987. Zacharias Heinesen. Expressionism. West Bay of Tórshavn.

The Faeroe Post Office used Heinesen's talents from early on, and these two paper collages show another side of his talent, which he has in common with his father, the Faeroese writer and novelist, William Heinesen.  

  • Faeroe Islands 1987. East Bay of Tórshavn. Paper Collage. 

  • Faeroe Islands 1987. West Bay of Tórshavn. Paper Collage. 

Most recently Heinesen has sought new ways of expressing himself, in such paintings as "Paraphrase over Da Vinci's The Last Supper", and "The Artist's Mother" (see stamp above), rather than the mandatory motif "The Village by the Sea".  He illustrates books, designs layouts for book covers, and has been commissioned several works for the Faeroese public.  

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Text and material contained in this page is shown with the explicit permission of the Faeroese Post Office, Mr. Knud Wacher, Philatelic Office, Tórshavn. 


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