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 Howard Post  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: landscape, western genre and animal painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Excepting a brief stay in Utah, Howard Post has been a life-long resident of Arizona  and describes himself as an impressionist of the contemporary West.

He was a rodeo rider and artist and grew up on a small ranch, in the family for three generations, near Tucson.  His dad also had a hardware store.  He rode in his first rodeo at age fourteen and also did many drawings.  He attended private studio lessons in Tucson and enrolled at the University of Arizona where he majored in art and earned a Bachelor and Master's of Fine Arts.  He was also on the rodeo team.

A Mormon, he took two years for missionary service in Oklahoma and the Midwest. He then wrote and illustrated children's books and created paintings, and by the late 1970s became a full-time artist.

His work is in the Smithsonian Institution, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Biography from Mark Sublette Modern:
Known for his paintings of cattle, cowboys, rodeo arenas, and ranch life executed with a unique aerial perspective and sun-drenched hues, Howard Post is an impressionist painter who portrays the contemporary West in a modern fashion.

Post, a native Arizonan, was born and raised on a ranch near Tucson. Not surprisingly, he gravitated toward the life of a cowboy. The family ranch raised rodeo stock, and as Post gained experience, he started to enter rodeo competitions. In time, he became an Arizona High School All-Round Rodeo Champion, a member of the University of Arizona rodeo team, and eventually, a competitor with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. After Post completed bachelor's and Master's degrees in fine art at the University of Arizona, he taught there for two years. Post worked as a commercial artist until 1980, when he decided to paint what he knew best, Arizona's ranch traditions.

Viewers of Post's oils or pastels respond to a bird's-eye view of cattle clustered in a corral, cowboys perched in fence rails, or a distant ranch house. This higher perspective endows people and animals in the painting with stronger shapes and patterns.

Post draws from a collection of several thousand slides and from imagination, and then starts a canvas without preliminary sketches. Up to six colors might be used, painted over a dark background. His work is defined by orderly, strong shadow patterns cast by the figures of cattle, cowboys, trees, or fences.

Howard Post's oils and pastels have been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States. Many of his paintings are represented in public, corporate, and private collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, Bank of Texas, AT & T World Headquarters, and United Airlines.

Biography from Altamira Fine Art:
Howard Post's oils and pastels are included in many exhibitions throughout the U.S. and his paintings are represented in corporate, public, and private collections.

Selected Exhibitions
Booth Western Art Museum, "21st Century Regionalists: Art of the New West", Atlanta, GA (2007-08)
Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, CO (2007)
The Eiteljorg Museum, Indianaplois (1990)
Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah (1984)
Nabisco Invitational, East Hanover, NJ (1984)

Partial List of Collections:
AT&T World Headquarters, Morristown, N.J.
The Smithsonian Institute
United Airlines, Denver, Colorado
Standard Oil of Ohio, Houston Texas
Midland Museum, Midland, Texas
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Museum of History and Art, Salt Lake City
Tampa Museum of Art
Mesa Southwest Museum
The Whitney Buffalo Bill Museum of Western Art, Cody, WY
The Forbes Foundation, NY
Tucson Museum of Art
Denver Art Museum

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