Howard Post Biography

Howard Post Biography

 

Howard Post, Bronc Riders Under the Grand Stand, Oil on Canvas, 36" x 44"

Howard Post, Bronc Riders Under the Grand Stand, Oil on Canvas, 36" x 44"

 

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 who portrays the contemporary West in a modern fashion. Howard 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 Howard 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 Howard Post completed bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in fine art at the University of Arizona, he taught there for two years.

 

Howard Post, Changing Season, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 48"

Howard Post, Changing Season, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 48"

 

Howard Post worked as a commercial artist until 1980, when he decided to paint what he knew best, Arizona’s ranch traditions. Viewers of Howard 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. Howard Post draws from a collection of several thousand slides, 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, Remnant of the Rains, Oil on Canvas, 52" x 42"

Howard Post, Remnant of the Rains, Oil on Canvas, 52" x 42"

 

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.

 

Education:

  • BFA, MFA, University of Arizona

 

Teaching Positions:

  • 1980 Arizona State University
  • 1979 Pima Community College
  • 1975 University of Arizona

 

Selected Exhibitions and Awards:

  • “Howard Post Retrospective Show and Sale” Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2018)
  • Three Museum Tour “The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post” Booth Western Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, (2017-2018)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – University of Arizona School of Art (2018)
  • Best of Show “Quest for the West” Eiteljorg Museum (2017)
  • "25th Anniversary Celebration" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2017)
  • “7C's of Arizona exhibition: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, Climate, Cactus, Canyons,” Phoenix Airport Museum, October 4, 2014 - April 19, 2015
  • Book Signing for "Western Perspectives" and New Works, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (July 2013)
  • Gold Award Winner, The West Select, Phoenix Art Museum (2012)
  • Coors Western art Show, Denver, CO (2012)
  • Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for Best Body of Work in the Show, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN (2012)
  • Solo Show, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2012)
  • "Landscapes of the West," Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (2012)
  • 4th Annual Small Works Show and Sale, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (2012)
  • The West Select, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ (2011)
  • Victor Higgins Work of Distinction Award, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN (2010)
  • Express Ranch Great American Cowboy Award, Prix de West, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK (2010)
  • "San Tan Valley" chosen by the Western Art Association at the West Select to be in the Phoenix Art Museum permanent collection (2010)
  • The Rockwell Museum of Western Art, (May 2010)
  • Best of Show, Coors Art Show (2010)
  • Roping Contest, Las Vegas, NV (2009)
  • Palette Award, 4th Annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, Eiteljorg Museum, IN (2009)
  • 28th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Cody, WY (2009)
  • National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK (2008)
  • Booth Western Art Museum "21st Century Regionalists: Art of the New West" Atlanta, GA (2007-8)
  • Santa Lucia Preserve, Invitational En Plein Air, Carmel, CA (2007)
  • Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver CO (2007)
  • Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2007)
  • Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis (1992)
  • Museum of History and Art, Salt Lake City (1991)
  • Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis (1990)
  • Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art (1988)
  • Tampa Museum of Art (1986)
  • Nabisco Invitational, East Hanover, N.J. (1984)
  • Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah (1984)
  • Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff (1984)
  • University of North Dakota, Touring Exhibition (1982)
  • Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art (1982)
  • Midland Museum, Midland, Texas (1981)

 

Selected Publications:

  • Art of the West, May/June 2018
  • Western Art Collector, March 2018
  • Western Art and Architecture, February/March 2018
  • Western Art Collector, February 2018
  • Western Art Collector, January 2018
  • Art of the West, Guidebook of Art 2018
  • Western Art Collector, December 2017
  • Western Art Collector, October 2017
  • Western Art Collector, April 2017
  • Cowboys and Indians, May/June 2014
  • Southwest Art, May 2014
  • Western Art and Architecture, October/November 2013
  • Western Art Collector, July 2013
  • Southwest Art, July 2013
  • “Howard Post: Western Perspectives,” Hardcover, 2013
  • Western Art Collector, March 2013
  • Western Art and Architecture, February/March 2013
  • Western Art Collector, January 2013
  • Fine Art Connoisseur, May/June 2012
  • Western Art Collector, March 2012
  • Arizona Art News, March 2012
  • Western Art Collector, May 2011
  • Western Art Collector, January 2011
  • Western Art Collector, May 2010
  • Southwest Art, May 2010
  • Western Art Collector, March 2010
  • Western Art Collector, November 2009
  • Western Art Collector, July 2009
  • Western Art Collector, July 2008
  • ArtBook of the New West, Summer 2006
  • Canyon Road Arts 2006
  • Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine 2005
  • U.S. Art, October 2000
  • The Equine Image, Feb/Mar 1999
  • Pub. First Glance Books 1998
  • The Artist and the American Landscape
  • “Leading the West: One Hundred Contemporary Painters and Sculptures,” Hardcover, by Donald J. Hagerty, 1997
  • Art of the West, Sept/Oct 1997
  • Southwest Art, December 1992
  • Ski, December 1990
  • Arizona Highways, July 1989
  • Scottsdale, Winter 1989
  • Aspen, Winter 1989
  • Artspeak (New York) October 1988
  • Horizon, Nov/Dec 1988
  • State of the Arts (Phoenix) April 1987
  • Southwest Profile, February 1987
  • Arizona Arts and Lifestyles, March 1985

 

Partial List of Collectors:

  • AT&T World Headquarters, Morristown, N.J.
  • The Smithsonian Institute
  • U.S. Postal Service, Washington, D.C.
  • United Airlines, Denver, Colorado
  • Standard Oil of Ohio, Houston, Texas
  • Midland Museum, Midland, Texas
  • Nabisco Brands, East Hanover, N.J.
  • National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Dean Witter Co., New York
  • Museum of History and Art, Salt Lake City
  • Tampa Museum of Art
  • Mesa Southwest Museum
  • Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis
  • The Whitney Buffalo Bill Museum of Western Art, Cody, Wyoming
  • The Forbes Foundation, New York
  • Tucson Museum of Art
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Collector of the American Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • Phoenix Art Museum

 

Howard Post, Bend in the River, Oil on Canvas, 50" x 40"

Howard Post, Bend in the River, Oil on Canvas, 50" x 40"