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Ingálvur av Reyni
* 1920

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Ingálvur av Reyni. Photograph.

When Sámal Joensen-Mikines passed away in 1979, Ingálvur (Ingolf) av Reyni (*1920) was  immediately recognized as the most important Faeroese modern painter.  

Like his predecessor he found it natural to describe the nature of the Faeroese landscapes, and over the years he has become internationally known, and has exhibited his works in many European countries.  

On this page is shown a small selection of his works issued on postage stamps.

Nobody has, like Ingalvur av Reyni, achieved the "expressive expression" in his paintings, that are all deeply rooted in the wild nature and turbulent climate and north atlantic winds of the Faeroes.  The clear colours and sharp outlines are inspired by Cezanne and Matisse.  The below set of four, issued 1999, show a selection of the artist's descriptive paintings in both expressive fauvism and abstract expressionism.  
 
Faeroe Islands 1999. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Village (1974). Faeroe Islands 1999. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Husavik (1954). Faeroe Islands 1999. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Red Rain (1980). Faeroe Islands 1999. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Girl (1986).

His drawings are precise and hit exactly the islands' wonderful nature, and his paintings have over the years developed from expressive fauvism to more abstract expressionism, still maintaining the solitude and wildness of the landscapes. 

One of the nicest drawings by Ingálvur av Reyni is "The Letter Carrier", personified in John Vilhelm, who delivered the mail wandering the mountains from Vágur to surrounding villages during the first half of the 20th century.  

  • John Vilhelm, the letter carrier on the island Vágar.  

The below set of four very nice views are typical exponents of the artist's precise style in drawing and  and describing the original Faeroese fishing society.  The colours of the stamps are extremely well chosen, as they reflect the prevalent colours of the islands' nature:  green for the green pastures, grey for a foggy day, brownish-grey for a rainy day, and violet as the mountains in the sunset.  The stamps show views of the ancient part of Tórshavn, "Reyn", hence the artist's name av Reyni ("from Reyn"). The stamps were issued in 1981, and engraved by Czeslaw Slania. 

Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Drawing. John Vilhelm, the letter carrier.

Faeroe Islands 1981. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Tórshavn reflected in the light of green pastures. Faeroe Islands 1981. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Tórshavn reflected in the grey and soft light of a foggy day.

Faeroe Islands 1981. Ingálvur af Reyni. Expressionism. First Day Cover.

  • First Day Cover, cancelled on 2nd March 1981 in Tórshavn.  The cachet shows a sketch "-The Old Harbour", by the artist, also from Tórshavn.  Scott # 59-62 

Faeroe Islands 1981. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Tórshavn reflected in the light of a rainy day. Faeroe Islands 1981. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Tórshavn reflected in hues of violet of the sunset.

The creeks on each of the islands are linked together by ancient bridges, which the artist has described in his well-known precise style.  One can really sense the solitude out in the wilderness as well as the steep mountains.  Faeroe Islands 1986.  The stamps are engraved by Czeslaw Slania.  
 
Faeroe Islands 1986. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Old Stone Bridge at Glyvrar on Eysturoy. Faeroe Islands 1986. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Old Stone Bridge at Leypanagjogv on Vágar. Faeroe Islands 1986. Ingálvur av Reyni. Expressionism. Old Stone Bridge at Skælungur on Streymoy.

Ingálvur av Reyni is still busy exhibiting his works all over Europe, and has several annual exhibitions in Denmark.  He is considered The Grand Old Man of Faeroese art.

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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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