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Drawing medium: Pencil drawing



Gallery: Emmanuelle G Gallery

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About the artwork
Gail Postal contemporary icons in oil combine realistic graphite portraits and imagined fabrics with a touch of bling.Gail paints ordinary people as icons, revealing the dignity and beauty of the everyday. “Life is pretty hard sometimes” says Postal but I try to convey a kind of beauty. Not standard academic beauty, but a combination of inner beauty and an ideal of who the person really is. Postal’s images marry the intense detail of a graphite pencil drawing from life with vivid colors and patterns against a golden background, embellished with glitter and sparkly crystals. It took a world of art to create the mature style that a Postal painting embodies. From Russian icons she borrowed her golden backgrounds. From Persian miniatures she took colorful, flattened patterns. Japanese hand-tinted photographs that she found in a Parisian flea-market inspired her with their washes of watercolor over areas of the black and white photos. From Fra Angelico, Postal took finely observed details rendered in crisp edges.Postal spends so much time on each piece that the intensity of her focus tends to make the subjects larger than life to her.


Medium Pencil drawing
Support Board
Framed? No
Subjects Human Figure,
Style Figurative
Original or Edition? Original
Certificate of Authenticity Yes
Year created 2018
Artwork Dimensions: 12 X 12 X 2 X cm

About Gail Postal

American painter Gail Postal currently lives and works in New York.

Her widespread educational background includes study at National Academy School of Fine Arts, New York, Three Year Certificate Art Student's League, New York, Sculpture Center, New York, New School, New York, Fordham University, New York, Ph.D, Brooklyn College, New York, M.S. and Brooklyn College, New York, B.A.

Postal's solo exibitions include; 2016 “Gail Postal,” Foyer Gallery, Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD; 2014 "Contemporary Icons: Gail Postal,” Pearl Theatre, New York, NY; 2012 “ICONIC: Works by Gail Postal,” Tazza Gallery, New York, NY; 2012“Gail Postal,” Foyer Gallery, Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD and 2009 “Contemporary American Icons,” Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ.

Recent group exhibitions include; 2019 “Annual International Exhibition,” University of Texas at Tyler, juror: Christina Rees, Tyler, TX; 2019 “Face Time 2019,” Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, jurors: Wendy Caporale and Grace DeVito, Greenwich, CT; 2019 “24th Arts in Harmony: 2019 Annual International Show,” Hopkins Center for the Arts, juror: Robert Meyers, Hopkins, MN; 2019 “122nd Annual Open Exhibition,” Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, jurors: Renato Danese, Thomas Tacik, Austin Williams, New York, NY; 2018 “76th Annual Exhibition,” Audubon Artists, New York, NY and 2018 “90th Grand National Exhibition,” The American Artists Professional League, juror: Stephanie L. Herdrich, New York, NY.