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Stamp of Approval For Art Foundation

A painting from Akzo Nobel’s Art Foundation collection has been used as part of a set of stamps issued by the Dutch postal service, TPG Post.

The ten stamps—designed to celebrate works of art in company collections—were unveiled at a launch ceremony staged in The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague recently.

The event—which coincided with the opening of a major Rabobank exhibition—also marked the official formation of the Dutch association of corporate art collections.

The association has around 25 members and Akzo Nobel was one of the ten who contributed to TPG Post’s special set of stamps. The company’s chosen painting, entitled Portrait of a Boy (Grand Prix), was created by artist Tiong Ang, who also attended the launch event.

“We selected that particular artwork because we knew it would have to be a very strong image if it was going to be reproduced on a stamp,” explained Carolien Smit from Akzo Nobel’s Art Foundation. “It’s a very eye-catching portrait and it immediately prickles your sense of curiosity.”

She added that the painting—which is covered with a veil-like fish net stocking not visible on the stamp—is one of the strongest of the ten in terms of visual impact and creates such a striking image because of the subject’s intense gaze.

Created by the artist from a photograph, the original painting—which measures 1m 30cm by 1m 80cm—has been part of the Akzo Nobel collection since May 2000.

Other companies to contribute included KPN, DSM, ING, ABN-AMRO and TPG Post.

(Released: March 9, 2005)

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