The work of Howard Post has long been recognized for its unique interpretation of the American West - its land, its people and its traditions. Post's work is distinguished by a close personal involvement with his subject. A native Arizonian who great up on a ranch near Tucson, he has
developed a characteristic style inspired by life as an everyday westerner.
His work can be found in a variety of collections including the Smithsonian; the US Postal Service; The Tampa, Eiteljorg, Denver, Phoenix, Tucson and National Cowboy and Heritage Museums; and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. His work has also been featured in many magazines and books.
"Post, it is generally agreed, has succeeded in breaking from the sometimes wearisome genre of
western stereotypes, setting him apart from others."
-Arizona Arts and Lifestyle
"Although he focuses on traditional images of the region, Post assiduously avoids the corny, Old West nostalgia that tends to creep into so much art from this area. Instead, he injects the genre with fresh insight and contemporary immediacy."
"His work will outlast the transition of fads in the art world and remain as enduring
as the wide blue Western sky itself."
-Desert Caballeros Museum
"For the majority of his career he has been represented by galleries that promote a diversity of contemporary painters. Today many artists label themselves as contemporary western artists but are simply living artists depicting the Old West. Post has successfully avoided historicizing and his work remains simultaneously contemporary and western. It is those artists, like Post, who portray the American West in a contemporary style and context that will strike a lasting note."
-Thomas Brent Smith,
Director, Petrie Institute of Western American Art
Denver Art Museum