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Howard Post

Birth place or City of origin: Tucson (near)
State of origin: AZ
Last known City: Queen Creek
Last known State: AZ
Start/Birth date: 1948
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Howard Post is an impressionist painter who portrays the contemporary West in a modern fashion and is known for his paintings of cattle, cowboys, rodeo arenas, and ranch life executed with a unique aerial perspective and sun-drenched hues.

Post, a native and lifelong resident of Arizona, 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, after entering rodeo competitions, 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 his 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.

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 and T World Headquarters, and United Airlines. His work is in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Biography courtesy of The Eiteljorg Museum - www.eiteljorgmuseum.org

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Howard Post is an impressionist painter who portrays the contemporary West in a modern fashion and is known for his paintings of cattle, cowboys, and ranch life executed with a unique aerial perspective and sun-drenched hues. Post draws using up to six colors, painting over a dark background. His work is defined by orderly, strong shadow patterns cast by the figures of cattle, cowboys, trees, or fences. Post, a native and lifelong resident of Arizona, was born and raised on a ranch near Tucson. Not surprisingly, he gravitated toward the life of a cowboy. 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, A T and T World Headquarters, and United Airlines. His work is in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

 

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