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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Gail Postal

Gail Postal is creating a body of contemporary “icons.” Her mixed media works (graphite and oil) begin as drawings from live models. An empathetic person by nature, Postal frequently befriends the models, learning their stories, hearing their laments and ambitions without judgment or prejudice. She then brings the drawings to her studio and begins to transform them into beautiful paintings, frequently dressing them in colorful, patterned raiments. Postal was inspired by a recent trip to Russia, deeply moved by the icons she encountered there. While admitting that the individuals portrayed are perhaps not saints, Postal believes that the possibility of the individual to inspire others to persevere, to provide comfort, to illuminate opportunities, to give emotional sustenance is what makes them worthy of a moment of reverence.

Postal has been in numerous exhibitions including a solo show, “Contemporary American Icons” at the Edward Williams Gallery of Fairleigh Dickson University in Hackensack, NJ (2009). Postal’s group exhibitions include “Salon at Artworks” with juror Helen Shannon at the Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ (2009), “125th Annual Members Exhibition” with juror Peter Trippi and the “Audubon Artists 66th Annual Exhibit” with jurors Su Li Hung and Karen Whitman at the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (2008), “The Richeson 75: International Figure/Portrait 2008 Art Competition” at the Richeson School of Art & Gallery in Kimberly, WI, “2008 Biennial: Contemporary American Realism” with juror Charles Shepard III at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, “11th Annual Juried Student Exhibition” at the National Academy Museum, New York, NY (2008), “Focus on the Figure 2007” with juror Minerva Durham at the Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY, “Hudson Valley Art Association 76th Annual Exhibition” at the National Arts Club, New York, NY (2007), “49th International Award Exhibition” with juror Norman Bryson, Ph.D., at the San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, CA (2007) and the “National Academy School of Fine Arts Student Exhibition” at the Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (2006). Postal has also received dozens of awards and prizes over the last 5 years.

She also has a PhD from Fordham University, from a former life.

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