- Issue date: 11/03/2013
- Printing Process: Huecograbado
- Paper: Estucado, engomado, fosforescente
- Size of stamp: 33,2 x 33,2 mm.
- Size of block sheet: 79,2 x 105,6 mm (vertical)
- Postal value of the stamps: 0,52 €
- Print run: 280.000 hojas bloque
- Dented: 12 3/4
Four of the most representative works of La Mancha born painter and sculptor Antonio Lopez make up this souvenir sheet dedicated to contemporary art.
Antonio López was born in 1936 in Tomelloso (Ciudad Real). He began painting as a child influenced by his uncle, painter Antonio López Torres. From 1950 to 1955 he studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, School of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid where him and other painters formed the so-called Escuela Madriñela. In Madrid he held his first solo exhibitions and from 1964 to 1969, taught Colour Preparation at the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando.
His work reflects the reality that surrounds him since he paints objects that border the photographic. He focuses on landscapes of Madrid, family portraits and everyday objects. He paints slowly and thoughtfully, devoting several years to complete each work.
The stamp Gran Vía, 1974-1981 reproduces one of his best-known paintings. The author says that during the summers in which he painted the picture, he rose at dawn and settled, with his easel and paints in the pedestrian area separating Gran Via and Alcalá streets in Madrid in order to catch the first morning light . He depicts a lonely, quiet street away from the hubbub of later hours in the day. It belongs to a private collection.
In Sink and Mirror 1967, Antonio López depicts a set of washroom elements with a sink, a shelf and a mirror over it. The work is exhibited in the Museum of Fines Arts, Boston (USA).
New Fridge 1991-1994, captures the intimate and homely look of an open fridge. It belongs to the collection of Florentino Pérez, from Madrid.
Finally, House of Antonio López Torres, 1972-1980, depicts his uncle's house with tile floors, a dresser, a lamp and another room in the background. It belongs to the Sorigué Foundation (Lleida).
Renowned worldwide, Antonio López has won, amongst other prizes, the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 1985, the Gold Medal of the city of Madrid in 2010 and the Prince of Viana award for Culture in 2012,.