An Post issued a second set of stamps celebrating contemporary visual arts in Ireland. In this second set of stamps, four new stamps feature pieces created by four celebrated Irish artists.
Contemporary visual art is defined as "art that has been produced by practicing visual artists of our time". What makes it so interesting is that contemporary visual art reflects the culture of the present time. It offers everyone the opportunity to visualize the known and familiar and to understand the way in which a generation perceives things. It is not merely about making beautiful objects, but about inviting us to think. Contemporary visual artists include an intellectual dimension in their work and are in general more socially conscious than artists of previous eras as they often seek to express their views on controversial issues of the day in, and through, their work.
The stamps issued in this second set were designed by Ger Garland and portray the work of four renowned Irish Artists.
Diana Copperwhite has produced work that has been exhibited all over the world and many of her paintings reside in important collections today. Her work here is titled Patterned Behaviour. Maesta is by Sean Scully, an American artist of Irish birth who has a few of his pieces displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London. Eilis O'Connell is a remarkable sculptor and her creations can be found all over the world. The piece displayed on the stamp is called Light Receiver. The fourth piece to feature is Chaplet by Alice Maher, one of Ireland's most respected and influential visual artists.