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  • Western Perspectives: The Art of Howard Post

    by Johanna M. Blume, associate curator of Western art, history and culture | Oct 01, 2018

    Old Friends
    Howard Post
    Old Friends, 2010
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 48 inches
    Loan courtesy of Terry Oertli


    For more than 40 years, Howard Post has been a distinctive voice in the world of Western art. His “ranchscapes” highlight the interconnectedness of land, animals and people in the American West, a world he knows well from his lifetime spent there. His vision of the West is born not only of personal experiences, but also out of careful study and practice and engagement with the broad world of American art. Post’s paintings are immediately recognizable: He uses strong lines and shapes and bold colors, exploring and delighting in more abstract artistic concepts.

    A special exhibit of the work of Post, the 2017 Quest for the West® Artist of Distinction, is now on view at the Eiteljorg.

    Born in 1948 in Tucson, Ariz., Post grew up on and around ranches, working with horses and cattle. With the encouragement of his mother, he started taking art classes. A few years later, Post began competing in rodeos. Like his art, rodeo has been an important part of Post’s life, and he continues to compete to this day. The rodeo arena often provides inspiration for his painting.

    Post studied at the University of Arizona, competed on the university’s rodeo team, earned his degree in 1972 and began a career in illustration. While teaching at the university level and pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts, Post began to develop his signature aesthetic. A professor encouraged him to abandon his preconceptions about art and instead paint what he knew from his own personal experience. This emphasis on painting from personal experience forms the foundation of Post’s body of work.

    The Side Door
    Howard Post
    The Side Door, 2014
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 30 inches
    Loan courtesy
    30 x 30 inches
    Loan courtesy of Altamira Fine Art

    Post names artists Wayne Thiebaud, Edward Hopper and Grant Wood as influences on his art, particularly in their painting the everyday and seemingly mundane aspects of life. Like them, Post looks to draw inspiration from his lived experience and the world around him. However, subject matter is secondary to the interplay of light and shadow, shape, and color. He finds inspiration in the Arizona landscape around his home, and in his travels around the West and the world.

    Another artist Howard Post admires is musician and songwriter Paul Simon. Post admires Simon’s ability to reinvent himself over the years and his ever-expanding repertoire. These things are true of Post, too: He often returns to familiar subjects such as horses and corrals, but his adventurous color palettes and constantly evolving compositions breathe life into each canvas. The differences in Post’s paintings over the years can be subtle, but cumulatively they show growth that stems from eager and joyful experimentation with art.

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    Artist Howard Post, right, and his wife Marilyn Post attended the 2017 Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale at the Eiteljorg, where Howard Post received the Quest Artist of Distinction award. His oil painting Double Yellow is seen here.

    WESTERN PERSPECTIVES: THE ART OF HOWARD POST
    Special exhibit of the Quest for the West® Artist of Distinction
    CONTINUING THROUGH NOV 25
    Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery

     

    This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of Storyteller magazine. 





  • Local artist from Quest for the West® profiled in newspaper story

    by | | Sep 20, 2018

    Mark Kelso_Quest for the West_Riverdance
    Artist Mark Kelso on Sept. 8 received the Quest for the West® Artists' Choice Award, presented by Ed and Phyllis Cockerill, for his painting, Riverdance. 


    The Johnson County Daily Journal newspaper published this feature story about Quest for the West® and profiled a local Quest artist, Mark Kelso of Johnson County, Ind., whose paintings appear in the Quest exhibit. Read the two-page article at this link:  Daily Journal Story Quest 9.20.18





  • Western Art Collector magazine preview of Quest for the West®

    by | | Aug 29, 2018

    Hallmark_La_Parroquia


    Western Art Collector
     magazine published a spread about the 13th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale at the Eiteljorg Museum. The sale is Sept. 7-8 and the Quest exhibit is open to the general public Sept. 9-Oct. 7.  Read the article at this link:
    Western.Art.Collector_August 2018_Quest Preview






    Image caption:

    George Hallmark
    La Parroquia, 2018
    Oil on linen
    36 x 36 inches





  • Southwest Art magazine: Quest for the West® preview article

    by | | Aug 17, 2018

    In its September issue, Southwest Art magazine published this thorough preview story about the13th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, taking place at the Eiteljorg Museum on Sept. 7-8.  Please read the story at this link:
    Southwest Art - Quest article - September 2018.





  • The country’s top Western artists return for another Quest for the West®

    by Bert Beiswanger, director of marketing and communications | Jun 28, 2018

    Jerry Jordan_Traditions_Remembered
    Jerry Jordan
    Traditions Remembered, 2018
    Oil
    40 x 40 inches

    The Western art world once again will converge on Indianapolis on Sept. 7-8, when one of the top Western art sales in the nation, the annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, returns to the Eiteljorg. 

    Quest’s opening weekend festivities draw Western art enthusiasts from all over the country. Many of the artists and collectors consider Quest to be one of their favorite shows due to its unique format and intimate, engaging setting. And what Quest has meant to the Eiteljorg cannot be overstated, as it has generated more than $12 million in art sales since its inaugural year, 2006. 

    In addition to its prominence nationally, Quest for the West® is simply one of the finest, if not largest, art sales in Indianapolis and the Midwest. Whether you’re an avid Western art collector or just beginning your art-collecting journey, Quest is one of the most intriguing shows you can attend. It all takes place within the beautifully artistic confines of the Eiteljorg Museum in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

    Buxton, Before There Were None
    John Buxton
    Passenger Pigeons, Before There Were None, 2018
    Oil
    25 x 21 inches

    Opening weekend attendees will be the first to see and bid on paintings and sculpture by the country’s most prominent Western artists in a “luck-of-the-draw” sale. What makes the Quest show special is that potential buyers have the chance not only to be among the first to see the art in person, but to meet the artists who created it.

    The entire sale is a thrill, start to finish, from the sound of the bugle that opens the sale to the excited looks on the faces of successful buyers at the end of the evening.

    All artwork remains on exhibit at the Eiteljorg until Oct. 7, giving museum visitors the opportunity to see this world-class art. Pieces not sold during opening weekend remain available for purchase until the exhibit closes.

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    Sculptor Curt Mattson at the 2017 Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale

    Opening weekend registrants this year will enjoy a Friday lunch and tour at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, a Friday evening reception, and the opening of a special exhibition featuring 2017 Quest Artist of Distinction Howard Post, as well as the return of a Miniature Art Sale. On Saturday evening during the banquet and awards ceremony, many lucky attendees will win a limited edition 2018 Eiteljorg Keepsake.

    To register for opening weekend, contact: Kay Hinds at 317.275.1341 or khinds@eiteljorg.com. You also may register as an absentee buyer.

    Preview art and find complete information on Quest at www.quest.eiteljorg.org.


    2017Quest_Pat Anker views miniatures at sale
    The Miniature Art Sale was a big hit at the 2017 Quest celebration. Eiteljorg board member Pat Anker, center, considered some miniature paintings.

    Miniature Art Sale Returns
    We heard the pleas of many Quest attendees over the years. Some beginning collectors fell in love with the art they saw but couldn’t afford it, while others with the financial means had no room to add large works to their home. Thus, the Eiteljorg last year instituted a Quest Miniature Art Sale. Back by popular demand, the miniature sale is Friday night, Sept. 7, where you can purchase smaller pieces of art and take them with you that evening.


    2017Quest_Howard Post Artist of Distinction
    Artist Howard Post, right, and his wife Marilyn Post attended the 2017 Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale at the Eiteljorg, where Howard Post received the 2017 Artist of Distinction award.

    Howard Post, 2017 Quest for the West® Artist of Distinction
    The Eiteljorg Museum will open a special exhibit featuring the art of Howard Post in conjunction with the 2018 Quest for the West®. Post won the Artist of Distinction Award at the 2017 Quest, and the exhibit celebrates that honor. For more than 30 years, he has captured his distinctive vision of the West in paint, creating what he refers to as “ranchscapes.” The exhibit will feature approximately 20 of these works from the past decade of Post’s career. From rugged mountains to dusty cowboys to resting horses to complex corrals, his paintings highlight the interconnectedness of land, animals and people in the American West. They also explore and delight in more abstract concepts such as light, line and color. The exhibit runs Sept. 8–Nov. 25 in the Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery.



    McGurl_Girl_of_the_Golden_West_the_Sailing_Canoe
    Joseph McGurl
    Girl of the Golden West: The Sailing Canoe, 2018
    Oil on panel
    20 x 30 inches

    QUEST FOR THE WEST® 2018 list of artists

    Gerald Balciar*
    John Buxton
    G. Russell Case
    Bruce Cheever
    Tim Cherry*
    Rox Corbett
    Brent Cotton
    Glenn Dean
    Steve Devenyns
    Mikel Donahue
    Michael Dudash
    Barry Eisenach*
    Josh Elliott
    Tony Eubanks
    John Fawcett
    Robert Griffing
    David Grossmann
    Logan Maxwell Hagege
    George Hallmark
    Karin Hollebeke
    Donna Howell-Sickles
    Doug Hyde*
    Terry Isaac
    Jerry Jordan
    Greg Kelsey*
    Mark Kelso
    Mark Maggiori
    Curt Mattson*
    Joseph McGurl
    Krystii Melaine
    Denis Milhomme
    Jay Moore
    John Moyers
    Terri Kelly Moyers
    Brenda Murphy
    Rock Newcomb
    P.A. Nisbet
    Robert Peters
    Howard Post
    Heide Presse
    Scott Rogers*
    Gladys Roldan-de-Moras
    Roseta Santiago
    Sandy Scott*
    Adam Smith
    Daniel Smith
    Nathan Solano
    Tim Solliday
    Andy Thomas
    David Wright

    Bold names are artists new to Quest
    *sculptors


    13TH ANNUAL
    QUEST FOR THE WEST® ART SHOW AND SALE
    OPENING WEEKEND:  SEPT 7–8
    EXHIBIT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:  SEPT 9–OCT 7

    Presented by:
    Cardinal Contracting
    The Western Art Society

    Sponsored by:
    Ice Miller LLP

     

    This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue of Storyteller magazine. 

     

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