Olympic Winter Games: Speed Skater

painting of a speed skater

Artist: Robert M. Cunningham
Art director: Bradbury Thompson
First day of issue: February 1, 1980

Oil on paper on board

A vivid sense of motion animates this artwork by Robert M. Cunningham. The creator of ten stamps honoring Olympic sports, Cunningham renders a speed skater as an almost abstract composition, using flashes of bright color and an off-center design to convey speed and purpose.

Art of the Stamp