Howard Post

Howard Post

Howard Post is an impressionist who portrays the contemporary West in a modern fashion—known for his paintings of cattle, cowboys, rodeo arenas, and ranch life executed with a unique aerial perspective and sun-drenched hues. Born and raised on a ranch near Tucson, Arizona, his family ranch raised rodeo stock and in time Howard became an Arizona High School All-Round Rodeo Champion, member of the University of Arizona rodeo team, and eventually a competitor with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.  After completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art at the University of Arizona, Howard taught there for two years.     

Howard worked as a commercial artist until 1980, when he decided to paint what he knew best, Arizona’s ranch traditions. Howard draws from a collection of several thousand slides and from imagination, and he starts a canvas without preliminary sketches. His work is defined by orderly, strong shadow patterns cast by the figures of cattle, cowboys, trees, or fences.

Many of Howard’s paintings are represented in public, corporate, and private collections. In 2010 he received the Victor Higgins Work of Distinction Award at Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Express Ranch Great American Cowboy Award, 2010 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City. His work, San Tan Valley, was chosen by the Western Art Association at the West Select to be in the permanent collection of the Phoenix Art Museum.